Africa This Week: August 22, 2022

August 22, 2022

A weekly review of news and analysis of elections in Africa, usually posted on Mondays and occasionally updated throughout the week. For a full electoral calendar and interactive map, click here.

Kenya’s Parliament building. Photo credit: Flickr/Jorge Láscar (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming Africa Elections

Angola General Elections: August 24, 2022

Jenai Cox and Mike Brodo, the Hill (August 22, 2022): What’s at stake in Angola’s elections — and why it matters to America

Catarina Demony and Miguel Pereira, Reuters (August 22, 2022): Angolan opposition leader says one-party state is ‘big cancer’ of society

Antonio Cascais, DW (August 22, 2022): Tight contest expected in Angola’s 2022 election

AFP (August 22, 2022): Oil, Gems, War, Graft, Kizomba: Five Things To Know About Angola

Candido Mendes, Bloomberg (August 21, 2022): Debt Audit, Constitution Change on Angolan Opposition’s Agenda

Borges Nhamirre, Daily Maverick (August 18, 2022): Little optimism of free and fair Angola elections ahead of voting day

Committee to Protect Journalists (August 17, 2022): VOA correspondent briefly detained covering attempted election protest in Angola

Mucahid Durmaz, Al JAzeera (August 16, 2022): Analysis: Angola’s election race is between continuity and change: Angola’s opposition is looking to capitalise on growing dissent against the government, to scuttle President Lourenço’s re-election bid.

Lesotho National Assembly Elections: October 7, 2022

European Commission (August 19, 2022): Lesotho: The European Union deploys an Election Observation Mission

Lenin Ndebele, News24 (August 18, 2022): EXPLAINER | State of emergency in Lesotho

Mathabiso Ralengau, Bloomberg (August 17, 2022): Lesotho Declares Two-Week State of Emergency as Bills Not Passed

Rwanda Parliamentary Elections: September 2023 (due)

Ange Eliza, The East African (August 20, 2022): Rwanda ruling party RPF waits in the wings as rivals bicker

Democratic Republic of the Congo General Elections: December 2023 (due)

Lenin Ndebele, News24 (August 17, 2022): M23 rebels claim DRC president causing chaos to avoid elections next year

Burkina Faso Constitutional Referendum: December 2024 and Presidential and Legislative Elections: February 2025 (proposed following coup)

AFP (August 19, 2022): African Union Urges Support For Burkina Faso’s Transition

Chad Elections: TBD, following coup

Al Jazeera (August 20, 2022): Chad starts ‘national dialogue’ to pave way for elections: Military government head General Mahamat Idriss Deby says forum should open the way to ‘free and democratic’ elections after 18 months of rule by his military.

Laura Diab, AFP (August 20, 2022): Dialogue ‘Decisive Moment’ In Chad’s History: Junta Chief

Reuters (August 19, 2022): Exiled rebel leader returns to Chad for national talks

Africanews with AFP (August 18, 2022): Chad: Challenges of the “national dialogue”

Mali Presidential and Legislative Elections: Delayed to December 2025 (following coup)

Peter O’Brien, Politico (August 18, 2022): Mali accuses France of arming jihadists: Mali’s military government said France has carried out ‘acts of aggression,’ as the last French troops left the country.

Past Africa Elections

Kenya General Elections: August 9, 2022

David Herbling, Bloomberg (August 22, 2022): Runner-Up in Kenyan Vote Files Lawsuit Challenging Outcome

Dickens Olewe, BBC (August 22, 2022): Kenya elections 2022: Win or lose, why Raila Odinga’s election challenge matters

Vivianne Wandera, France24 (August 22, 2022 – video): Kenya’s supreme court at the heart of election dispute

Aggrey Mutambo and Luke Anami, The East African (August 21, 2022): Foreign policy: Expectations for new Ruto administration

David Malingha, Bloomberg (August 19, 2022): Next Africa: No Honeymoon for Kenya’s Ruto After Tense Victory

AP (August 18, 2022): US Senator Urges Kenyan President to Aid Peaceful Transition

Vincent Owino, The East African (August 18, 2022): Kenyatta, Ruto and Odinga commit to peace after talks with US delegation

U.S. Institute of Peace (August 18, 2022): Three Early Lessons from Kenya’s Elections: While the results will be contested in court, other countries can still learn from the Kenyan experience.

Atlantic Council (August 17, 2022): What’s next for Kenya after a contested election?

Stratfor (August 16, 2022): Amid Fraud Allegations, Kenya’s Presidential Election Risks Ending in Violence

Senegal Legislative Elections: July 31, 2022

Martin Murre, IRIS (August 19, 2022 – in French): Legislative elections in Senegal: recomposition of parliament and challenges for democracy

Africanews with AFP (August 19, 2022): Senegal’s Sonko announces presidential bid, warns France against meddling

Yinka Ibukun and Momar Niang, Bloomberg (August 18, 2022): Senegal Presidential Hopeful Says He’s the Man to Beat in 2024

Catherine Lena Kelly, The Conversation (August 17, 2022): Senegal pulled off another peaceful poll. Why this time the results herald a big political shift

Théa Ollivier, Le Monde (August 17, 2022 – in French): In Senegal, a fragile majority in the National Assembly for the presidential coalition: With 83 deputies, Benno Bokk Yaakaar narrowly wrested the ascendancy over the opposition led by Ousmane Sonko and his 80 deputies

Africa Elections Coming Up in 2022 and 2023

Lesotho Parliamentary Elections: September 2022

Central African Republic Local Elections: September 2022 (delayed – no new date set)

Sao Tome and Principe Legislative Elections: October 2022 (due)

Somaliland Presidential Election: November 13, 2022

Equatorial Guinea Legislative and Local Elections: November 2022 (due)

Guinea-Bissau Snap Parliamentary Elections: By the end of 2022

Nigeria General Elections: February 18, 2023

Djibouti Legislative Elections: February 2023

Nigeria Gubernatorial Elections in Most States: March 2023 (due)

South Sudan General Elections: By March 2023 (tentative)

Sierra Leone Presidential Election: June 24, 2023

Zimbabwe General Elections: July 2023

Eswatini Parliamentary Elections: August 2023 (due)

Gabon Presidential Election: August 2023 (due)

Mauritania Parliamentary Elections: September 2023 (due)

Gabon Legislative Elections: October 2023 (due)

Liberia Presidential and Legislative Elections: October 2023 (due)

Nigeria, Gubernatorial Elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States: November 2023 (due)

Madagascar Presidential Election: November 2023 (due)

Democratic Republic of the Congo Presidential and Legislative Elections: December 2023 (due)

Togo Legislative and Regional Elections: December 2023 (due)

Côte d’Ivoire Local Elections: 2023

Mali Presidential and Legislative Elections: TBD, following coup

Chad General Elections: TBD, following coup

Burkina Faso Elections: TBD, following coup

Guinea Elections: TBD, following coup

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