Africa

September 12, 2022

A weekly review of news and analysis of elections in Africa, usually posted on Mondays and occasionally updated throughout the week.

Old Town Mombasa, Kenya. Photo credit: Wikimedia/FredD (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Upcoming Africa Elections

Lesotho Parliamentary Elections: October 7, 2022

The Commonwealth (September 8, 2022): Commonwealth to observe Lesotho’s general elections

Crisis24 (September 7, 2022): Lesotho: Increased political tensions likely ahead of Oct. 7 general election

Nigeria General Elections: February 18, 2023

‘Tofe Ayeni, The Africa Report (September 5, 2022): Nigeria: Senator proposes bill to end same religion presidential ticket

Zimbabwe General Elections: July 2023

Agenzia Fides (September 10, 2022): Christian Churches, a solid reference for the people in the post-Mugabe era

Voice of America (September 6, 2022): Zimbabwe Election Support Network Says New ZEC’s US$20,000 Fee for Presidential Candidates Direct Attack on Participatory Democracy

Peter Fabricius, Daily Maverick (September 6, 2022): Zimbabwe opposition MP Job Sikhala ‘in deep pain’ after suspected poisoning in prison

Mali Presidential and Legislative Elections: TBD, following coup

AFP (September 6, 2022): Mali Urges End To Sanctions, Cites Timeline For Civilian Rule

Chad General Elections: TBD, following coup

The New Arab (September 11, 2022): Chad junta ‘suspends’ opposition leader summons

Africanews (September 9, 2022): Opposition figure in Chad summoned for questioning

Agenzia Fides via AllAfrica (September 5, 2022): Chad: National Dialogue – Bishops Suspend Participation

Burkina Faso Elections: TBD, following coup

Trevor Filseth, National Interest (September 6, 2022): Burkina Faso Coup Leader to Hand Over Power in Two Years

Past Africa Elections

Angola General Elections: August 24, 2022

Lauren Ban, Jurist (September 6, 2022): Angola court dismisses opposition challenge to August election vote totals

Africanews (September 6, 2022): Angola election: Opposition, electoral commission trade words over results

Kenya General Elections: August 9, 2022

Carter Center (September 8, 2022): Carter Center Report: Technology Helped Enhance Transparency of Kenyan Election; IEBC Should Ensure Earlier Preparations for 2027

Michelle Gavin, Council on Foreign Relations (September 7, 2022): What Next for Kenya?

Morgan Lee, Christianity Today (September 7, 2022): The Kenyan Presidential Election Is Over. The Conversation About Christians and Politics Has Just Begun.

Editorial Board, Financial Times (September 6, 2022): Kenya shows institutional strength but William Ruto must deliver: The next president should prove doubters wrong by focusing on ordinary Kenyans

BBC (September 6, 2022 – video): Kenya Election 2022: Kenyans react to the Supreme Court election ruling

AP (September 5, 2022): Kenya’s Supreme Court rejects challenges to the presidential election and upholds Deputy President William Ruto’s win.

Senegal Legislative Elections: July 31, 2022

Lauriane Noelle Vofo Kana and Reuters, Africanews (September 13, 2022): Scuffles in Senegal’s new parliament taint first session

Katarina Hoije, Bloomberg (September 12, 2022): Senegal’s Parliament Elects New Speaker Over Bid to Block Vote

Portia Crowe, AFP (September 9, 2022): Senegal Leads Way On Women Legislators But Challenges Ahead

Burundi General Elections: May 20, 2020

Reuters (September 8, 2022): Burundi switches prime minister after president warns of coup plot

The East African (September 6, 2022): Rumours of a coup bedevil Burundi

Regional Analysis

Mercy Kaburu and Carolyn Logan, Washington Post (September 9, 2022): What do Africans think about the proposed East African Federation? An Afrobarometer survey suggests citizens aren’t aware of the plans for regional integration

Africa Elections Coming Up in 2022 and 2023

Sao Tome and Principe Legislative Elections: September 25, 2022

Lesotho Parliamentary Elections: October 7, 2022

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

Somaliland Presidential Election: November 13, 2022

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

Guinea-Bissau Snap Parliamentary Elections: December 18, 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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