Senegal: Government announces gun free elections

In Senegal, civilian gun carrying will be prohibited from 4 January through to 30 April this year. The move is part of efforts to prevent violent clashes around the presidential elections, scheduled for 26 February. According to an official decree issued before New Year, “During this period, no weapon regardless of its category or nature, may be transported outside of homes or workplaces. This ban applies to nationals and foreigners holding permits to carry or hold arms". Baffour Amoa of the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) said “I wish this will be a blue print for other West African countries to emulate. Africa has had its fair share of electoral armed violence and it is time for action to curb this menace of gun violence during elections. Bravo to Senegal!".