Senegal: Does Youssou N’Dour change the stakes in Senegal’s election? | Reuters

Although N’Dour has only an outside chance of winning, the  answer is yes he does – for at least two reasons. As N’Dour himself points out, his entry into the Feb. 26 race will guarantee a degree of international media exposure that the election otherwise would not have had. That may in turn mean there will be closer scrutiny of the kind of irregularities in voting procedures that have been a feature of recent African elections. Put simply, it will be harder for anyone to rig the poll.

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