Senegalese are voting today in controversial polls characterised by sometimes violent protests against the candidacy of incumbent president Abdoulaye Wade who has ruled the country for 12 years. The opposition say he is barred by the constitution from running for a third term. However the country's highest court cleared him to run ruling the term limit did not have retroactive effect hence excluded his first term. Turnout has been massive.
The Reuters News agency has reported that President Ernest Bai Koroma pressured the United Nations into withdrawing the Executive Representative of the UN Secretary General, Michael Von Der Schulenberg ahead of the 17 November elections, quoting a letter said to have been written by Mr Schulenberg. See full Reuters story below by Simon Akam.