March 25, 2012 Held


Republic of Senegal

Election for Senegalese Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,915,893
Valid Votes:2,901,800
Invalid Votes:14,093

Vote Share by Candidate:

Macky SALL1,909,244


Abdoulaye WADE992,556

Election Results Modified: May 10, 2024

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Senegal

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Abdoulaye WADE
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Soulayemane Ndene NDIAYE
  • Assembly: Senegal has a bicameral Parliament (Parlement) consisting of the Senate (Sénat) with 100 seats and the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) with 150 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 7-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the president.
  • In the Senate (Sénat), 35 members are indirectly elected by an electoral college to serve 5-year terms and 65 members are appointed by the president to serve 5-year terms*. In the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale), 60 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms and 90 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.

* The electoral college is composed of deputies and members of local, municipal and regional councils.

Main Candidates in the Second Round of the Presidential race:

Main Candidates in the First Round of the Presidential race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 13,780,108 (2012)
  • Registered Voters: 5,105,033 (2012)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 7,027,056 (2012)

·         Is Senegal a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (29 July 1980)

·         Has Senegal ratified CEDAW: Yes (5 February 1985)

·         Gender Quota: Yes[2]

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 27 (following the 2007 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 170

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium

Disability Data:

·         Is Senegal a signatory to CRPD: Yes (25 April 2007)

·         Has Senegal ratified CRPD: Yes (7 September 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 2,067,016 (est.)

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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