Elections in Senegal: 2022 Local Elections

A voter's hand rests on top of a ballot, with the tops of the pinky and ring fingers covered in ink.
Senegalese voters and political candidates are preparing for hotly contested local elections on Jan. 23, 2022.

On Sunday, Jan. 23, Senegalese voters will have the opportunity to vote in 15,066 polling stations throughout the national territory. This year, voters will participate in three elections on the same day to elect members of 43 departmental councils, 553 municipal councils and five city councils.

Local elections in Senegal have long held importance both in terms of local access to resources and to gauge the national political outlook ahead of legislative and presidential elections. Originally slated to occur in June 2019, the local elections have been delayed three times. These elections will see several high-profile municipal seats contested, including those for the mayoralties of major cities including Dakar, which is home to a quarter of the country’s population.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Senegal: 2022 Local Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • Why are these elections important?
  • What is the electoral system?
  • What is the election management body? What are its powers?
  • How will election disputes be adjudicated?

Learn more about IFES' programs in Senegal and follow @IFESAfrica on Twitter.

Additionally, follow IFES' COVID-19 Survival Guide for Democracies and #COVIDxDemocracy for new analysis and innovative solutions.

Published on January 19, 2022.

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