Elections in Senegal: civil society mobilizes for a peaceful vote

A polling station at the Biscuiterie school in Dakar on July 30, 2017 (photo illustration).

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Senegal is preparing for the municipal and departmental elections of this Sunday, January 23, 2022. The candidates are campaigning, and civil society is also mobilizing, such as the women's monitoring platform for peace and security Ëtu Jamm, which brings together around fifty of women's organizations.

She called, this Monday, January 18, 2022, the actors for peaceful elections.

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With our correspondent in Dakar,

Charlotte Idrac

After incidents between activists since

the beginning of the campaign

and a climate described as " 

deleterious

 ", the platform Ëtu Jamm, "space of peace" in Wolof calls on political actors to have a sense of responsibility.

“ 

Ëtu Jamm is a little worried about this desire for violence that is happening in different localities.

What we intend to do are awareness-raising actions, meeting the various actors involved in these elections and training on electoral issues, particularly electoral mediation

 ”, explains its president, Penda Seck Diouf.

A "watch room"

Since 2012, the platform has participated in all presidential, legislative and local elections, with the establishment of a "watch room" on D-Day, and the training of observers.

They will be about sixty deployed in all regions this Sunday.

“ 

We are going to do some training.

This time it will take place online.

Before, we made them come to Dakar.

So women who go into internet connection space.

Their connection was organised

 ,” explains Maréma Touré Thiam, president of the Association of African Women for Research and Development (Afard).

The platform which also claims to be " 

in solidarity with the women of Mali 

"

after the sanctions of the Economic Community of West African States

(ECOWAS) and calls for negotiations to find a consensus.

To read also: Local elections in Senegal: debate around the question of a Casamance currency

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