Democracy in Senegal

Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018

Score:

2 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:

Free

EIU Democracy Index 2017

Score:

6.15 out of 10

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:

74

Polity IV 2016

Score:

7

(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)

Category:

Democracy

Political System

System of Government Semi-Presidential
Presidential Electoral System Two-round system
Last Presidential Election 2012
Next Presidential Election 2019
Presidential Term Limits Two, seven-year terms(currently under review)
System of Appointment to Legislature 90 elected in 35 single- and multi-member districts by simple majority party block vote

60 filled proportionally by national distribution of votes

Last Legislative Election

2017

Next Legislative Election

2022

Number of Seats in Legislature 150
Female quota, representation in lower house Yes: legislated candidate quotas

Results

Last presidential election (2012)
Candidate (Party) Votes (%)
1st round 2nd round
Macky Sall 27 65.8
Abdoulaye Wade 35 34.2
Moustapha Niasse 13
Ousmane Tanor Dieng 11
Idrissa Seck 8
Cheikh Bamba Dièye 2
Ibrahima Fall 2
Cheikh Tidiane Gadio 1
Mor Dieng 0
Djibril Ngom 0
Oumar Khassimou Dia 0
Amsatou Sow Sidibé 0
Doudou Ndoye 0
Diouma Dieng Diakhaté 0

 

Last legislative election (2017)    
Party Votes (%) Seats
Benno Bokk Yaakaar Coalition 49.47 125
Manko Wattu Sénégal Coalition 16.68 19
Manko Taxawu Sénégal Coalition 11.73 7
Party for Unity and Rally 4.69 3
Patriotic Convergence Coalition 1.97 2
Ndawi Askan Wi 1.13 1
Manko Yeesal Senegal Coalition 1 1
Patriotic Convergence for Justice and Equity 0.89 1
Oser l’avenir Coalition 0.74 1
And Saxal Liggeey Coalition 0.7 1
Party for Truth and Development 0.69 1
Alternative Pole Third Voice 0.59 1
Initiative for a Policy of Development 0.58 1
Citizen Union 0.55 1
Union for Federalism and Democracy 0.53 0
Senegal Can Kanam Coalition 0.49 0
Manko Wattu Senegal coalition 0.44 0
Movement for Republican Renewal 0.43 0
Joyyanti Coalition 0.43 0
Défar Senegal 0.43 0
And Défar Sénégal/Group of Support and Renewal of Public Action 0.4 0
And Suxali Senegal Coalition 0.38 0
Rally for Dignity and Prosperity 0.34 0
Democratic Federation of Ecologists of Senegal 0.33 0
Leeral Coalition 0.29 0
Party of Peace 0.27 0
Convergence of the Initiatives for Senegal 0.27 0
Neneen Citizen Convention 0.26 0
Mbollo Wade 0.24 0
Sunu Party for Solidarity and the Development of Senegal 0.23 0
Alternative Visions for Senegal 0.23 0
Fal Askan Wi Coalition 0.23 0
Framework of Reflection for Integral Development 0.22 0
Soppali Coalition 0.22 0
The Third Policy Coalition 0.21 0
National Front 0.2 0
Party for Citizen Action 0.2 0
Senegal-Vein Environment 0.19 0
Senegalese Democratic Rally 0.18 0
Alliance for Reform and Development 0.17 0
Citizens for Ethics and Transparency 0.15 0
Dental Senegal/Patriotic Action 0.13 0
Movement for Renewal, Freedom and Development 0.13 0
Patriotic Liberal Convergence 0.1 0
Republican Patriotic Front 0.1 0
Bi Nu Begg Assembly Coalition 0.09 0
Rally for Ethics and Emerging Values 0.06 125

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24 June 2019

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14 August 2015

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1 December 2013

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1 February 2012

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