Africa This Week: October 3, 2022

October 3, 2022

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

The Parliament building in Maseru, Lesotho. Photo credit: Wikimedia/OER Africa (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming Africa Elections

Lesotho Parliamentary Elections: October 7, 2022

Reuters (October 4, 2022): Lesotho to Hold Election After Years of Instability

Liesl Louw-Vaudran, ISS Today (September 29, 2022): Lesotho reforms for stability hang in the balance ahead of elections

Equatorial Guinea General Elections: November 20, 2022

AFP (October 1, 2022): Opposition leader and 150 supporters held in E Guinea

Jeune Afrique (September 29, 2022): Equatorial Guinea: The Obiang family’s secret agreement over the presidential election

Nigeria General Elections: February 18, 2023

Bloomberg (September 30, 2022): Are Nigerians Tired of Their Political Leaders?

Abiodun Fatai, The Conversation (September 30, 2022): Nigeria ticks some boxes as a democracy. Why this hasn’t translated into a better life for most

Chinedu Asadu, Cinder Aside, AP (September 29, 2022): Nigerian presidential hopefuls sign election peace accord

Zimbabwe General Elections: July 2023

Voice of America (September 29, 2022): Chamisa: Zimbabwe Has Not Conducted Free, Fair Elections Since 1980

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

UN Security Council (September 30, 2022): Ahead of Elections, Peacekeeping Mission Drawdown in Democratic Republic of Congo, Security Situation Still Dire, Special Representative Tells Security Council

Senegal Presidential Election: February 2024 (due)

Diadie Ba, Reuters (September 29, 2022): Senegal president requests amnesty that could pave way for challengers in 2024

South Africa General Elections: May 2024

Damien Glez, The Africa Report (October 3, 2022): South Africa’s phoenix president Zuma wants to rise from the ashes

Somaliland Presidential Election: 2023 or 2024 (postponed from November 13, 2022)

Abdiqani Hassani, Reuters (October 1, 2022): Somaliland lawmakers vote to extend president’s term by two years

Burkina Faso Elections: TBD, following coup

Sam Mednick and Arsene Kabore, AP (October 3, 2022): Burkina Faso coup leader says vote still expected by 2024: Burkina Faso’s new junta leader Capt. Ibrahim Traore says the military still hopes to hold new elections by 2024

AP (October 2, 2022): The old junta leader makes way for the new in Burkina Faso’s second coup of the year

Wassim Nasr, France24 (October 2, 2022 – video): Burkina Faso coup leader taps anti-French sentiment for support for putsch

Thiam Ndiaga and Anne Mimault, Reuters (September 30, 2022): Burkina Faso soldiers announce overthrow of military government

Chad Elections: TBD, following coup

Mahamat Ramadane, Reuters (October 3, 2022): Junta set to stay in power after Chad delays elections by two years

Guinea Elections: TBD, following coup

Rachel Chason, Washington Post (September 30, 2022): After shocking stadium massacre, Guinea finally tries its former leaders

Al Jazeera (September 28, 2022): Ex-Guinea military ruler goes on trial for 2009 stadium massacre: Moussa Dadis Camara and 10 others are accused of responsibility in the killing of 150 people and mass rape by Guinean security forces.

Past Africa Elections

São Tomé and Príncipe Legislative Elections: September 25, 2022

U.S. State Department (September 28, 2022): The United States Congratulates São Tomé and Príncipe on Elections

Kenya General Elections: August 9, 2022

Kate Bartlett, Voice of America (September 29, 2022): After Anti-China Campaign, Kenya’s Ruto Does About-Face

Wevyn Muganda, European Council on Foreign Relations (September 29, 2022): What the Ruto government could mean for Kenya-Europe relations

Regional Analysis

Yinka Ibukun, Katarina Hoije, and Simon Gongo, Bloomberg (October 1, 2022): West Africa’s Fifth Coup in Two Years Tests Regional Bloc

Africa Elections Coming Up in 2022 and 2023

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 General Elections: November 20, 2022

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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