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Presidential elections in Senegal: the National Audiovisual Regulatory Council buries # SunuDébat

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The CNRA has decided: # SunuDebat will not take place. Launched by Senegalese citizens on social networks, this initiative aimed to bring together candidates for the presidential election during a televised debate.

The initiative was noble and unprecedented: have the five candidates to the presidential election, which will be held on February 24, debate with journalists. Launched by Senegalese citizens on January 9, via social networks, Operation # SunuDébat ("Our debate", in Wolof) seemed to be on the verge of success .

By February 12, four of the five candidates had made their agreement in principle, even though incumbent President Macky Sall did not intend to practice. Yesterday, however, the consensus seemed to be on the losing end.

"Despite various ads on the social networks of candidates about their participation in this debate that is historical, the only official confirmation we received is the candidate Ousmane Sonko," said the organizers.


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As for the media that had volunteered (the 2STV channel, the E-Media radio and the Seneweb site), "they can not formally commit without formal confirmation of candidates," they added.

A debate can only be organized by decision of the CNRA

This February 19th, the National Council of regulation of the audio-visual one (CNRA) came to plant the last nail in the coffin of this initiative citizen.

"The National Council for the Regulation of Audiovisual Services states that the organization of radio and television debates during the election campaign is the responsibility of the regulator, provided that all candidates participate in it; a debate can only be organized by decision of the CNRA, "writes the regulator in a statement.


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"The CNRA has not granted any authorization in the sense of organizing a debate, radio or television channels are not authorized to broadcast such a program in the context of the current election campaign," said the statement .

Feeling the wind turn, the collective citizen Y is fed up organize February 21, day initially selected for # SunuDébat, a meeting between each of the four opposition candidates and citizens, at the house of culture Douta Seck, Dakar. But these will scroll successively, without facing each other.

Cnra Press Release 19.02.20 … by on Scribd

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