The elections are coming. If you look up Senegal in the news, you can read all about it. Wade’s candidacy was validated and Youssou Ndour’s was not. Protests are happening throughout the country in the large cities, however it is relatively quiet where we live. We finally got a little taste of election this past Friday when President Wade came to visit Ndioum and pray in our grand mosque. The opposition made a small appearance, waving their red flags and sporting red head- and arm- bands. Otherwise, there were women wearing complets made of Wade fabric, talibe waving signs supporting Wade, and cars covered in Wade pictures among other pro-Wade advertisements.
Macky Sall, a popular Pulaar candidate, also made an appearance–however we did not attend this rally but could hear the cars passing by with shouting supporters.
Our poll results of taxi drivers in Dakar during January are summarized here*:
Abdoulaye Wade 1
Macky Sall 1
Idrissa Seck 3
(*Note: This is not a large enough sample pool, and I think one driver sampled was from Guinea and could not even vote in Senegal, but still. There are also many other candidates, many of whom are popular among different populations–something that is not reflected by our poll.)