Senegal’s violent protests likely to escalate if President Macky Sall is re-elected

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Voting for a new parliament is underway in Senegal. Opposition parties are hoping to win enough seats to stop President Macky Sall from holding a majority. They want to block Sall from seeking a third term, which is barred under the constitution. Senegal is one of Africa’s more stable democracies – but there were violent protests in the run-up to the vote.

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Voting is a method for a group, such as a meeting or an electorate, in order to make a collective decision or express an opinion usually following discussions, debates or election campaigns. Democracies elect holders of high office by voting. Residents of a place represented by an elected official are called “constituents”, and those constituents who cast a ballot for their chosen candidate are called “voters”. There are different systems for collecting votes, but while many of the systems used in decision-making can also be used as electoral systems, any which cater for proportional representation can only be used in elections.

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