Legislative elections in Senegal were marred by violence in the capital Dakar and in the holy city of Touba, where hundreds of voters were unable to cast their ballot.
Senegal’s Interior Minister Abdulaye Daoudada Diallo said early last week that 30 percent of the cards had still had not been distributed.
Angry protesters dismantled ballot boxes and attacked electoral officers in Touba and protesters took to the streets in some parts of the capital, Dakar.
President Macky Sall had urged the electoral commission to allow citizens to use their national identification documents to vote.
Opposition leaders have criticized President Macky Sall for trying to stamp out political opposition in a contentious campaign.
Sall’s strongest opponents, including the Mayor of Dakar Khalifa Sall [no relations], has been jailed over corruption allegations ahead of the polls.
Police stopped protesters and used tear gas to disperse them during the campaign that was scarred by violence that left several people injured.
President Sall’s Benno Bokk Yakaar coalition won an absolute majority in the polls, winning 42 of the 45 electoral regions, propping his chances for re-election in 2019.
Senegal is one of Africa’s most stable democracies and known for its peaceful traditions of conducting campaigns and elections.