Financial Intimidation in Senegal’s Elections?


Senegalese opposition parties said Thursday the doubling of the fee required to take part in presidential elections was unfair and undemocratic.

The amount of 65 million CFA francs (100,000 euros, $145,000) was declared in a ministerial decree issued on Monday, and is more than double the 25 million CFA francs required in 2007, and nearly 11 times more than the six million which candidates had to pay in 2000.

An election official said the stiff increase was to “discourage those who come mainly to do their personal political marketing”, and would be reimbursed to those candidates who obtain at least five percent of the vote.

The Senegalese opposition has a real shot at dislodging incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade in the February 2012 elections. But Wade will not make it easy for them.


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