All posts tagged Election

Democracy in Senegal

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Tonight there is a big party in Dakar to celebrate the peaceful and democratic election. Should be an awesome night.

President Macky

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Today the new President of Senegal, Macky Sall, was inaugurated here in Dakar. I went down to the outside of the presidential palace. It was a roaring sea of happy people. With the heat and noise it got too much so I withdrew to a cafe to watch coverage on a local station. When Macky started waving from the top of his car on the way in the crowd erupted and he noise was deafening. This was not just a celebration of Mackey but of democracy.

Political graffiti

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Some political graffiti I spotted. Walls all over Dakar were covered in spray-painted missives urging people to vote.

Voting

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Today is election day in Senegal. The 86 year old incumbent, Wade, looks like he’s going to be voted out but that is uncertain due to the potential for a split vote among the other candidates. Young females — like the one whose finger is in the photo above* — are very grateful they have the power, through democracy, to change their leaders. They take the responsibility very seriously.

The red ink covering her left index finger shows she has voted. It is indelible to prevent voter fraud. Far from being a nuisance, the woman I talked to was very proud she had voted and was happy to show off her inked finger.

*I won’t name her just in case.