Senegalese voters head to the polls on February 24 to elect a president. The incumbent Macky Sall will be seeking a second mandate after he defeated the then-incumbent Abdoulaye Wade in 2012 to become the fifth president in the country’s history.
The vote will be the 11th straight presidential election since Senegal gained independence from France in 1960.
After independence, it was not until 1963 that the first presidential poll was held. A vote won by Leopold Sedar Senghor, who became the first post-independence president. He had been elected president since 1960.
Senghor stood unopposed on the ticket of the Socialist Party of Senegal. He won successive polls and stayed in office for two decades till his resignation in 1980.