Senegalese general election, 1978

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General elections were held in Senegal on 26 February 1978 to elect a President and National Assembly. Following a constitutional amendment in 1976,[1] the elections were open to more than one party for the first time since 1963. President Léopold Sédar Senghor of the Socialist Party (formerly the Senegalese Progressive Union) was challenged by Abdoulaye Wade of the Senegalese Democratic Party, but won with 82% of the vote.[2] In the National Assembly election, the Socialist Party won 82 of the 100 seats.[1] Voter turnout was 63.5% in the presidential election and 62.6% in the parliamentary election (Nohlen, Krennerich & Thibaut 1999).

Results[edit]

President[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Léopold Sédar Senghor Socialist Party 807,515 82.2
Abdoulaye Wade Senegalese Democratic Party 174,817 17.8
Invalid/blank votes 6,234 -
Total 988,566 100
Source: Nohlen, Krennerich & Thibaut (1999)

National Assembly[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Socialist Party 790,799 81.74 82 -18
Senegalese Democratic Party 172,948 17.88 18 New
African Independence Party 3,734 0.38 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 7,344 - - -
Total 974,825 100 100 0
Source: Nohlen, Krennerich & Thibaut (1999)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Senegal Inter-Parliamentary Union
  2. ^ Elections in Senegal African Elections Database

Further reading[edit]

  • Fatton, Robert (1987). The Making of a Liberal Democracy: Senegal's Passive Revolution, 1975–1985. Boulder: L. Rienner. ISBN 1-55587-010-4. 
  • Nohlen, D.; Krennerich, M.; Thibaut, B. (1999). Elections in Africa: A data handbook. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 766–770. ISBN 0-19-829645-2.