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Senegal Election Agency to Release Vote Results by March 2

February 22, 2012

(Updates with comment from Ndiaye in second paragraph.)

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Provisional results from Senegal’s Feb. 26 presidential election will be released by the country’s electoral commission by March 2, Serigne Mbacke Ndiaye, a spokesman for President Abdoulaye Wade, said today.

The outcome will be delivered to the president of the Constitutional Court, Senegal’s highest legal authority, by midnight at the latest that day, Ndiaye told reporters in Dakar, the capital, today.

Wade, 85, faces 13 candidates in the election after a campaign marked by protests against his bid to stay in office for a third term. At least nine people have died in demonstrations held since Jan. 27, when the court approved Wade’s candidacy, according to Amnesty International’s Senegal office.

Police haven’t been “armed with live bullets” in the protests, Ndiaye said.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Dulue Mbachu

To contact the reporter on this story: Rose Skelton in Dakar via Accra at rskelton7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net


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