Senegal Panel Suggests Postponed Presidential Poll Be Held On June 2

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Senegal’s national dialogue commission member, Ndiawar Paye said on Tuesday that the commission has proposed that the postponed presidential election be held on June 2.

It also recommended that President Macky Sall will remain in office until his successor is sworn in.

The West African nation has been thrown into an unprecedented political crisis after Sall postponed the election initially scheduled for Feb. 25.

The date proposal follows two days of dialogue organised by Sall as a way to ease tensions.

Sall and parliament’s failed bid to postpone the Feb. 25 poll by 10 months sparked unrest and warnings of democratic backsliding in one of coup-hit West Africa’s more stable democracies.

The recommendation will be sent to Sall who will make the final decision, Paye told Reuters.

Speaking by phone, he said it was not known if Sall would accept the recommendation, but his decision could come on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The talks in the capital Dakar were boycotted by many of the opposition some of whom want the vote to be held before Sall’s mandate expires on April 2.

Paye said the commission agreed that early June was the most feasible time for the vote.

“The month of May has a number of religious festivals, so the elections could not be held then,” he said.

It was not immediately clear how the opposition will respond to the proposed date. Its successful legal challenge of the original postponement led the top constitutional authority to rule the delay unlawful and ask Sall to find a new date as soon as possible.