Among the candidates are former prime ministers of countries Macky Sall and Idrissa Seck, considered the main opponents of M.Wade.
The polling stations have opened in the country at 08:00 local time to accommodate the 5.1 million voters. The provisional results of the poll will be published Tuesday, February 28.
Senegal, became independent in 1960, since decolonization has organized several presidential elections, held in relative calm compared with neighboring African states. However, this time, the vote was marked by the deaths of six people killed in clashes between police and opposition, which considers illegitimate participation of the current president.
M.Wade that comes to the presidential election for the third time, for its part considers that his first term can not be considered as amendments limiting to two the number of presidential terms were introduced after he occupied the position in 2000.