More than six million people registered to vote
Senegalese voters vote in the presidential election in the country.
President Mackay Sal seeks a second term and faces four contenders.
Since taking office, Mr. Sal has focused on new infrastructure projects, but critics say he has done little to improve the lives of ordinary Senegalese
. He is also accused of hindering political rivals to run.
Last month, two well-known opposition figures were prevented from challenging the election for past corrupt sentences.
Khalifa Sal, the popular former mayor of Dakar, and Karim Wade, son of the former president, were considered inadmissible to run for corruption sentences.
As a result of the decision, neither the Socialist Party nor the Senegalese Democratic Party, which has dominated the country's political landscape since independence, is a presidential candidate. A law was passed in 201
8 requiring candidates to have a certain number of signatures from voters in order to be eligible to stand.
As a result, only five candidates were considered eligible for Sunday's votes, compared to 12 in the last election.
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Mr Sall introduced himself as a modernizer that helped increase economic growth to more than 6% per year, which is one of the highest rates in Africa .
More than 6.6 million people are registered to vote in these elections and which young people they decide to support can have a significant impact as the average age in the country is 19.