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Published On: Wed, Dec 13th, 2023

Dakar Court to Rule on Ousmane Sonko’s Election Eligibility on December 14

A Dakar court is set to decide the Qualification of Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko for the upcoming Presidential elections set for February 2024, this decision follows a court hearing that took place on December 12, where arguments from both Sonko’s legal team and the state’s counsel were heard.

On Tuesday (Dec. 12), his lawyers and legal counsel for the state of Senegal attended a court hearing in Dakar on Tuesday on the matter.

A potential Sonko candidacy for next February’s presidential elections depends on this ruling.

“After listening to the parties for 8 hours on the clock, plus a fifteen-minute bonus each, the judge decided to go into solitude, with his conscience and his breviary that is the rule of law – as his only guide. He will hand down his decision on December 14,” Ciré Clédor Ly, lawyer for Ousmane Sonko said.

On November 17, Senegal’s Supreme Court overturned a ruling by a court in the city of Ziguinchor. The ruling had put Ousmane Sonko back in the race for the presidential election by overturning his removal from the electoral roll.

Adama Fall, a lawyer for the State, says Sonko’s request is “inadmissible”.

“Ousmane Sonko filed his request outside of the 5-day deadline that is provided by the law” while he’d already been informed of the decision to strike him off the rolls,” Fall added.

Sonko’s lawyers are cautiously optimistic.

“We can be optimistic, and we have good reason to be. But we also know that this issue is essentially political. It is politically motivated,” Saïd Larifou said. 

“It’s an area that unfortunately doesn’t fall within our remit, but which responds to considerations that are beyond our competence. But if we have to stick to the law, there is no objective, legal reason why Mr. Ousmane Sonko should be struck off the electoral roll.”

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