Senegal’s president Macky Sall has won his re-election bid scoring 58% of the votes cast, according to provisional results from the National Vote Counting Commission on Thursday.
The majority win hands Sall a second term without a run-off vote.Opposition candidate Idrissa Seck came second with 21 percent of votes, while Ousmane Sonko placed third with 16 percent.
More than 66 percent of 6.7 million registered voters took part in the election.
Seck and Sonko have not yet commented on the National Vote Counting Commission’s results, which are preliminary until validated by the constitutional council. The candidates have 72 hours to register an appeal.
Mr Sall, in power since 2012, became the election’s front runner after two prominent opposition figures were excluded.