The people of Senegal are going to the polls in an election that pits the President against a string of rivals who say his bid for a third term is illegal.
The voting comes after weeks of violent domestic and international protests against Abdoulaye Wade’s attempt to extend his 12-years in office.
Foreign powers have issued last minute appeals for calm and a transparent vote. Even African Union envoy, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has failed to persuade Wade or the opposition to agree on a shortened
term if he wins.
Wade has campaigned on his self-proclaimed status as “father of the nation” and mocked rivals for failing to mobilise a significant challenge. His critics however have vowed to continue campaigning against him if he wins.