July 31, 2022 Confirmed


Republic of Senegal

Election for Assemblée Nationale (Senegalese National Assembly)

More Info:

At Stake in this Election:        

  • 165 seats in the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale

Government Structure: 

  • Chief of State: President Macky SALL 

  • Head of Government:  President Macky SALL * 

  • Assembly: Unicameral National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) with 165 seats. 

*The post of Prime Minister was abolished in 2019; however, it was reintroduced in 2021. President Macky Sall affirmed he will appoint a new Prime Minister after the 2022 legislative elections.

Electoral System: 

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote to serve up to two 5-year terms.  

  • 112 members of the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) are directly elected by a plurality vote in single and multi-seat constituencies (of these, 15 seats are saved for diaspora voters), under a majoritarian system. 53 members are elected by a proportional representation vote based on the national distribution of votes. All members serve 5-year terms. 

Last Election 

  • The last election for National Assembly of Senegal occurred in 2017. There was a 52% voter turnout with The United in Hope Coalition (Benno Bokk Yakaar) winning a majority of 125 seats. 

Main Candidates in this Election:  

  • United in Hope Coalition / Coalition Benno Bokk Yakaar 

  • Leader: Macky SALL 

  • Seats won in last election: 125 

  • Coalition Wallu Senegal 

  • Leader: Abdoulaye WADE 

  • Seats won in last election: 19 

  • Coalition Yewwi Askan Wi 

  • Leader: Osmane Sonko 

  • Seats won in last election: N/A 

Population and Registered Voters: 

  • Population: 17,923,036 (2022 est.)2 

  • Registered Voters: 7,034,466 (2022) 

Gender Data: 

  • Female Population: 8,121,782 (2022 est.)

  • Is Senegal a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (29 Jul 1980)

  • Has Senegal ratified CEDAW: Yes (05 Feb 1985)5 

  • Gender Quota: Yes. Candidate lists must be composed of alternating male and female candidates6 

  • Female Candidates in this election: Yes 

  • Number of Female Legislators: 70 out of 164 (42.7%)

  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: Rank 168 at 0.5128 

  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium at 0.1985 (2014)9 

Disability Data: 

  • Is Senegal a signatory to CRPD: Yes (25 Apr 2007)10 

  • Has Senegal ratified CRPD: Yes (07 Sep 2010)11 

  • Population with a disability: 2,096,375 (2022 est.)12 

IFES Resources: 

  • Does IFES have a presence in Senegal: Yes, IFES has a field office.13  

  • Election FAQs: Yes14 


1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-12/senegal-s-parliament-backs-sall-s-move-to-reintroduce-post-of-pm 

2. https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/senegal/#people-and-society

3. https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/senegal/#people-and-society 

4. https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/TreatyBodyExternal/Treaty.aspx?Treaty=CEDAW&Lang=en

5. https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/TreatyBodyExternal/Treaty.aspx?Treaty=CEDAW&Lang=en

6. https://www.idea.int/data-tools/data/gender-quotas/country-view/269/35

7. https://data.ipu.org/women-ranking?month=7&year=2022

8. https://hdr.undp.org/data-center/specific-country-data#/countries/SEN

9. https://www.genderindex.org/country/senegal-2014-results/

10. https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/TreatyBodyExternal/Treaty.aspx?Treaty=CEDAW&Lang=en

11. https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/TreatyBodyExternal/Treaty.aspx?Treaty=CEDAW&Lang=en

12. http://electionaccess.org/en/resources/countries/?q=senegal#tab 

13. https://www.ifes.org/senegal 

14. https://www.ifes.org/faqs/elections-senegal-2022-legislative-elections