Asia This Week: September 30, 2022

Asia Elections Weekly News Review: September 30, 2022

September 30, 2022

A weekly review of key news and analysis of elections in Asia and the Indo-Pacific, usually posted on Fridays and occasionally updated throughout the week.

The Chao Phraya river and Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Chainwit (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Upcoming Asia/Pacific Elections

New Zealand Local Elections: October 8, 2022

Matthew Brockett, Bloomberg (September 27, 2022): New Zealand’s Ardern Trails Rivals Ahead of 2023 Election

Taiwan Local Elections: November 26, 2022

Brian Hioe and Lev Nachman, The Diplomat (October 1, 2022): The China Factor in Taiwan’s Midterms: Will China’s military threats impact Taiwan’s upcoming local elections?

Thailand General Elections: By March 23, 2023 (earlier elections possible)

Joshua Kurlantzick, Council on Foreign Relations (September 30, 2022): Thailand’s Boiling Politics: A Short Blog – The Thai court’s decision to allow Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to remain in office does not bode well for Thailand’s political climate or institutions.

Zsombor Peter, Voice of America (September 30, 2022): Thai Court Gives Prime Minister Three More Years in Office

Reuters (September 26, 2022): Daughter of Thailand’s exiled ex-PM Thaksin leads opinion poll

Rose Troup Buchanan, AFP-JIJI (September 25, 2022): ‘You cannot survive’: Inflation bites as Thai election looms

Cambodia Parliamentary Elections: July 30, 2023 (due)

Union of Catholic Asian News (September 29, 2022): Cambodia resumes trials of senior opposition figures

Lors Liblib, Voice of America (September 28, 2022): Cambodia’s Press Freedom ‘Under Attack,’ Report Finds

Sokunthea Hong, Radio Free Asia (September 23, 2022): PM Hun Sen’s United Nations appearance draws Cambodian diaspora protest

Malaysia General Elections and State Elections: May 2023 (due – general elections likely to be called earlier)

Reuters (September 30, 2022): Malaysia’s ruling party pushes for national elections this year

Channel News Asia (September 27, 2022): Malaysia’s opposition spinning flood, inflation narrative to delay general election: UMNO president Ahmad Zahid

Burma Parliamentary Elections: By August 2023 (proposed – tentative, post-coup)

Bloomberg News (September 30, 2022): Myanmar’s Path From Junta Rule to Democracy and Back

Tan Hui Yee, Straits Times (September 29, 2022): Aung San Suu Kyi, Australian economist jailed for 3 years by Myanmar court

Solomon Islands General Elections: April 2024 (delayed)

Alexander B. Gray, War on the Rocks (September 30, 2022): Guarding the Pacific: How Washington can Counter China in the Solomons and Beyond

Henry Olsen, Washington Post (September 29, 2022): Biden cannot let Pacific island nations fall into China’s hands

Michael E. Miller, Washington Post (September 28, 2022): Solomon Islands rejects Biden’s Pacific outreach as China looms large

India General Elections: By May 2024 (numerous state and local elections between now and then)

Manoj Kumar, Reuters (September 26, 2022): India’s Congress party likely to get first non-Gandhi chief in 25 years

Past Asia Elections

Nauru Parliamentary Elections: September 24, 2022

RNZ (September 29, 2022): Nauru’s new President takes oath

Focus Taiwan (September 27, 2022): Nauru calls on United Nations to recognize Taiwan

RNZ (September 24, 2022): Nauruans vote for a new parliament

Papua New Guinea General Elections: July 4-22, 2022

Arichika Okazaki, DevPolicy Blog (September 30, 2022): The important, unanswered questions from PNG’s 2022 elections

Rebecca Kuku, The Guardian (September 28, 2022): PNG election violence: 90,000 displaced since May, 25,000 children unable to attend school: Fighting since country’s election in July has continued in the highlands, with women and children most vulnerable

Hong Kong Chief Executive Election: May 8, 2022 (indirect)

Chen Zifei, Radio Free Asia (September 26, 2022): Hong Kong press freedom index hits new low under draconian national security law

Regional Analysis

Edward Cavanough, Al Jazeera (September 28, 2022): Pacific nation leaders in Washington as US seeks to deepen ties: The US is elevating its engagement with the Pacific as Beijing increases its presence in the region.

Asia/Pacific Elections Coming Up in 2022 and 2023

New Zealand Local Elections: October 8, 2022

Vanuatu Snap Elections: October 13, 2022

Australia, Tasmania Local Elections: October 25, 2022

Timor-Leste Local Elections: October 2022 (due)

Fiji Parliamentary Elections: November 2022 (due)

Taiwan Local Elections: November 26, 2022

India, State Elections in Himachal Pradesh: November 2022 (due)

Australia, South Australia Local Elections; November 11, 2022

Australia, Victoria State Elections: November 26, 2022

India, State Elections in Gujarat: December 2022 (due)

India, State Elections in Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland: February 2023 (due)

Thailand General Elections: By March 23, 2023 (earlier elections possible)

Australia, New South Wales State Elections: March 25, 2023

Micronesia Parliamentary Elections: March 7, 2023

Malaysia General Elections and State Elections: May 2023 (due – general elections likely to be called earlier)

India, State Elections in Karnataka: May 2023 (due)

Cambodia Parliamentary Elections: July 30, 2023 (due)

Burma Parliamentary Elections: By August 2023 (proposed – tentative, post-coup)

Maldives Presidential Election: September 2023 (due)

Tuvalu General Elections: September 2023 (due)

Singapore Presidential Election: September 2023 (expected – largely ceremonial role)

New Zealand General Elections: October 2023 (expected – due by January 2024)

Bhutan Parliamentary Elections: October 2023 (due)

India, State Elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Mizoram: November 2023 (due)

Bangladesh Parliamentary Elections: December 2023 (due)

India, State Elections in Rajasthan and Telangana: December 2023 (due)

Philippines Village Elections: December 2023 (following proposed delay)

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Eurasia

Eurasia Elections Weekly News Review: September 29, 2022

September 29, 2022

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

Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine after Russian shelling. Zaporizhzhia Oblast was one of the areas where Russia held sham referendums on annexation. Photo credit: Wikimedia/dsns.gov.ua (CC BY 4.0)

Upcoming Eurasia Elections

Kazakhstan Snap Presidential Election: November 20, 2022 and Snap Parliamentary Elections: Early 2023

Georgi Gotev, Euractiv (September 29, 2022): By welcoming draft-dodgers Kazakhstan increases distance from Russia

RFE/RL (September 27, 2022): Kazakhstan Plans Talks With Moscow Regarding Influx Of Russians Amid Military Call-Up

Trevor Filseth, National Interest (September 22, 2022): Kazakhstan’s Tokayev Takes a Gamble on Snap Elections

Ukraine Parliamentary Elections: By October 29, 2023 (due)

Brian Klaas, The Atlantic (September 29, 2022): Putin Didn’t Think He Would Fool Anyone: The sham referendum in Ukraine was for domestic consumption.

AFP (September 27, 2022): Kremlin Proxies Claiming Victory in ‘Sham’ Annexation Votes

David L. Stern and Robyn Dixon, Washington Post (September 24, 2022): With Kalashnikov rifles, Russia drives the staged vote in Ukraine

Past Eurasia Elections

Armenia Partial Local Elections: September 25, 2022

Taras Kuzio, Geopolitical Monitor (September 30, 2022): Time for Armenia to Abandon the Sinking Russian Ship

Ani Avetisyan, OC Media (September 27, 2022): Armenia’s ruling party takes hit in local votes

News.Am (September 25, 2022): Local elections kick off in 18 Armenia communities

Robert M. Cutler, Foreign Policy (September 22, 2022): Putin Is Turning Armenia Into a Russian Outpost: Moscow is losing regional influence—but it’s shoring up its position in Yerevan.

Russia Regional Elections (some regions): September 11, 2022

Emil Avdaliani, CEPA (September 27, 2022): Russians Dash for the Exits

Regional Analysis

Vitaly Portnikov, Visegrad Insights (September 27, 2022): Central Asia’s Reliance on Russia Has Made It Vulnerable to Conflict

Eurasia Elections Coming Up in 2022 and 2023

Kazakhstan Snap Presidential Election: November 20, 2022

Kazakhstan Snap Parliamentary Elections: Early 2023

Turkmenistan Parliamentary and Local Elections: March 2023 (due)

Moldova Local Elections: October 2023 (due)

Ukraine Parliamentary Elections: By October 29, 2023 (due)

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Europe

Europe Elections Weekly News Review: September 28, 2022

September 28, 2022

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

Town Hall Square in Riga, Latvia. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Diego Delso (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Upcoming Europe Elections

Czech Republic Local and Partial Senate Election Second Round: September 30-October 1, 2022 (first round was September 23 and 24, 2022)

Katherine Baughman, Foreign Brief (September 28, 2022): Protests in Prague: will price caps sway the public?

Reuters (September 25, 2022): Czech opposition party wins most major cities in local election

AP (September 24, 2022): Opposition leads in 1st round of Czech Senate election

Latvia Parliamentary Elections: October 1, 2022

Samuel Kramer, Foreign Policy Research Institute (September 28, 2022): Latvian Elections: Visions of a Fractured Saeima

Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidential and Legislative Elections: October 2, 2022

AFP (September 29, 2022): Bosnia goes to the polls as ethnic divisions grow

Nikola Dimitrov, Euractiv (September 28, 2022): It is high time to grant EU candidacy to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Eldar Emric, AP (September 28, 2022): Bosnian Serb separatist leader blasts West, praises Russia

Ian Bancroft, Balkan Insight (September 27, 2022): Bosnia Needs Genuine Reform, not Backroom Deals With Politicians

Mirza Hota, Global Voices (September 27, 2022): Croatia’s push for controversial electoral reform undermines democratic development of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Daria Sito-sucic, Reuters (September 26, 2022): Many in Bosnia doubt elections will tackle dysfunctional economy

Bulgaria Snap Elections: October 2, 2022

Tsvetelia Tsolova, Reuters (September 28, 2022): Weary Bulgarians fear more political turmoil after latest election

Sofia Globe (September 27, 2022): Bulgaria’s 2022 elections: Poll sees six-group Parliament

Krassen Nikolov, Euractiv (September 26, 2022): Former Bulgarian minister slams the country’s ‘neutral’ stance on Ukraine

Svetoslav Todorov, Balkan Insight (September 26, 2022): Arrests for Voting Fraud in Bulgaria Rise Ahead of Elections

AFP (September 25, 2022): In Bulgaria, Russophiles celebrate Putin

Austria Presidential Election: October 9, 2022

Corrine Deloy, Fondation Robert Schuman (September 29, 2022): Incumbent President Alexander Van der Bellen is expected to retain his post in Austria

Julia Zappei, AFP (September 29, 2022): Beer Party Founder Vies To Be Austria’s Next President

The Local (September 28, 2022): Is Austria’s Freedom Party a ‘far-right’ party? As more far-right parties enter power across Europe, we take a closer look at the Freedom Party of Austria

Slovenia Presidential and Local Elections: October 23, 2022

Alem Maksuti, Balkan Insight (September 23, 2022): Slovenia Awaits a hot Political Autumn

Slovakia Local and Regional Elections: October 29, 2022

Albin Siberia, bne IntelliNews (September 21, 2022): Slovakia’s minority cabinet manages to open parliamentary session with help of opposition

Montenegro Presidential Election: April 2023 (due)

Julian Borger, The Guardian (September 25, 2022): Montenegro’s PM says organised crime used influence to oust him over raids: Seizures of cocaine and contraband cigarettes behind last month’s vote of no confidence, says Dritan Abazović

Balkan Insight (September 23, 2022): Montenegrin Court Blockage Stymies Move to Oust President

Spain Local Elections and Various Regional Elections: May 28, 2023, followed by Spain General Elections: By December 10, 2023 (snap elections possible)

Valentin Bontemps (September 27, 2022): In Spain, Politicians Wage Tax War Ahead Of Elections

Reuters (September 22, 2022): Spain plans temporary tax on big fortunes for two years

Past Europe Elections

Italy Snap Parliamentary Elections: September 25, 2022

Jamie Dettmer, Politico (September 28, 2022): Why Italy’s ‘red belt’ unbuckled: The country’s fractured left offered no persuasive countervailing vision to persuade voters not to vote for Giorgia Meloni.

Daniel Kochis, Heritage Foundation (September 28, 2022): Winning Italian Party Unfairly Called “Far Right”

John L. Allen Jr., Crux (September 27, 2022): Did Italy’s elections identify the country’s ‘Pope Francis’ party?

Euronews (September 27, 2022): How are European politicians reacting to Italy’s election result?

Ryan Heath, Politico (September 26, 2022): Giorgia Meloni’s radical transatlantic playbook

Reuters (September 26, 2022): Italy’s right-wing bloc wins election: five questions for markets

Marco Bertacche, Bloomberg (September 25, 2022): What Will Be Different About Italy’s Snap Elections

Sweden Parliamentary and Local Elections: September 11, 2022

Reuters (September 28, 2022): Sweden’s Moderates ask for more time to agree coalition after election win

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland Assembly Election: May 5, 2022

Shawn Pogatchnik, Politico (September 28, 2022): UK warns of snap Northern Ireland election if DUP won’t share power

Germany, Berlin State Election: September 26, 2021

AP (September 28, 2022): Judge: Berlin will likely need to repeat its 2021 election: The president of the Berlin Constitutional Court says Germany’s capital will likely need to repeat its 2021 state and district elections due to severe election day glitches

Regional Analysis

Bohdan Bernatskyi, Visegrad Insight (September 21, 2022): How to Stop Russia From Bribing European Politicians

Europe Elections Coming Up in 2022 and 2023

Czech Republic Local and Partial Senate Elections, Second Round: September 30 and October 1, 2022

Latvia Parliamentary Elections: October 1, 2022

Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidential and Legislative Elections: October 2, 2022

Bulgaria Snap Elections: October 2, 2022

Austria Presidential Election: October 9, 2022

Germany, Lower Saxony State Elections: October 9, 2022

Slovenia Presidential and Local Elections: October 23, 2022

Slovakia Local and Regional Elections: October 29, 2022

Czech Republic Presidential Election: By January 2023

Austria, Lower Austria State Elections: January 2023 (due)

Cyprus Presidential Election: February 5, 2023

Monaco Parliamentary Elections: February 5, 2023

Austria, Tyrol State Elections: February 2023 (due)

Estonia General Elections: By March 5, 2023

Netherlands Provincial Council and Water Authority Elections: March 2023 (due)

Austria, Carinthia State Elections: March 2023 (due)

Finland Parliamentary Elections: April 2, 2023 (snap elections possible)

Montenegro Presidential Election: April 2023 (due)

Austria, Salzburg State Elections: April 2023 (due)

Spain Local Elections and Various Regional Elections: May 28, 2023

Germany, Bremen State Elections: May 14, 2023

Germany, Local Elections in Schleswig-Holstein: May 14, 2022

Greece Local Elections: May 2023 (due)

Latvia Indirect Presidential Election: May 2023 (due)

Denmark General Elections: By June 4, 2023

Luxembourg Local Elections: June 2023

Greece Parliamentary Elections: By August 6, 2023

Norway Local Elections: September 2023

Switzerland Federal Parliamentary Elections: October 2023 (due)

Luxembourg General Elections: October 2023

Bulgaria Local Elections: October 2023

Germany, Hesse and Bavaria State Elections: October 2023 (due)

Finland, Åland Elections: By October 2023

Poland Parliamentary and Local Elections: By November 11, 2023

Spain General Elections: By December 10, 2023 (snap elections possible)

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Middle East

Middle East Elections Weekly News Review: September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022

A weekly review of news and analysis of elections in the greater Middle East and North Africa, usually posted on Tuesdays and occasionally updated throughout the week.

The Marine Museum in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Kuwaitsoccer (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ongoing Middle East Elections

Lebanon Presidential Election (indirect – by parliament): From September 27, 2022

Reuters (September 27, 2022): Lebanese MPs to convene to elect new president, no consensus on candidate

Dario Sabaghi, The New Arab (September 26, 2022): The race for Lebanon’s next president

Abbas Assi, Carnegie Endowment (September 22, 2022): Sectarian Political Settlements in Lebanon

Upcoming Middle East Elections

Kuwait Snap Parliamentary Elections: September 29, 2022

Hamad H. Albloshi, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (September 27, 2022): Kuwait’s Parliamentary Elections and Individualism

Fiona MacDonald, Bloomberg (September 27, 2022): Attack on Women Fuels Gender Debate Ahead of Kuwait’s Elections

Fiona MacDonald, Bloomberg (September 26, 2022): Kuwait Shakes Up State Firms Ahead of Vote

Bahrain Parliamentary Elections: November 12, 2022

The New Arab (September 20, 2022): Israel and Bahrain launch talks to negotiate a free trade agreement

Israel Snap Parliamentary Elections: November 1, 2022

Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post (September 25, 2022): Israel Elections: Benjamin Netanyahu looks to return as prime minister

Ariel Schmidberg, i24 News (September 22, 2022): Analysis: Yair Lapid’s gamble on the world stage

Shira Rubin, Washington Post (September 21, 2022): Young Palestinians arm themselves for a new era of violent resistance

Mazal Mualem, Al-Monitor (September 21, 2022): How West Bank flare-ups could impact Israeli election

Tunisia Early Legislative Elections: December 17, 2022

Caspar Webb, Arab News (September 27, 2022): Tunisia promises democratic reform in UN address

Chris Coons and David Price, Foreign Policy (September 26, 2022): How Tunisia Can Save Its Economy: It’s all about democracy, stupid.

The New Arab (September 21, 2022): Tunisia delays case against opposition leader Rached Ghannouchi until November

Al Jazeera (September 20, 2022): Tunisia detains former PM Ali Laarayedh after 14-hour questioning

Turkey Presidential and Legislative Elections: By June 18, 2023

Andrew Wilks, Al-Monitor (September 26, 2022): Third alliance enters the fray ahead of Turkish elections: The leftist Labor and Freedom Alliance pledges to undo injustice but could risk a split in the opposition vote.

Steven A. Cook, eKathimerini (September 23, 2022): Greece, be wary until the Turkish elections

Laura Pitel, Financial Times (September 22, 2022): Turkish opposition’s alliance against Erdoğan battles rifts: Coalition with big hopes for next year’s polls struggles not to ‘fall apart’ as cracks surface

Ali Kucukgocmen and Birsen Altayli, Reuters (September 21, 2022): Turkish court adjourns case against top Erdogan opponent to November

Pakistan General Elections: By October 12, 2023

Ismail Dilawar, Bloomberg (September 22, 2022): Imran Khan Calls for Fresh Pakistan Protests as Legal Woes Mount

Salman Rafi Sheikh, Nikkei Asia (September 21, 2022): Pakistan’s Imran Khan faces indictment but PM Sharif feels the heat: Ex-leader’s contempt case may foil comeback, yet experts see risks for government

Libya Presidential and Parliamentary Elections: Overdue

Marc Espanol, Al-Monitor (September 25, 2022): Political battle in Libya reaches Supreme Court

Iraq Snap Parliamentary Elections: Possible, following chaos in the wake of October 2021 elections

Al-Monitor (September 26, 2022): Iraqi parliament speaker resigns: Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi resigned from his post but is expected to be re-elected.

Middle East Institute (September 26, 2022): Iraq’s crisis of elite, consensus-based politics turns deadly: The Coordination Framework

Andrew Parasiliti, Al-Monitor (September 23, 2022): Iraq’s political class must address ‘crisis of trust,’ says PM

Mina Al-Oraibi, The National UAE (September 22, 2022): Elections are our path out of political impasse, Iraqi prime minister says

Robert F. Worth, The Atlantic (September 22, 2022): The Most Stinging Resignation Letter Ever Written: When Iraq’s finance minister stepped down last month, he didn’t go quietly.

Past Middle East Elections

Iran Presidential and Local Elections: June 18, 2021

Jon Gambrell, AP (September 26, 2022): Analysis: Latest Iran protests likely not last for Tehran

Sajjad Safaei, Foreign Policy (September 23, 2022): Iran’s Anti-Veil Protests Have Already Succeeded: The Islamic Republic is no stranger to protests—but this time, they’re leaving a permanent mark

Reuters (September 22, 2022): Iranian unrest leading up to Mahsa Amini’s death in police custody

Egypt Parliamentary Elections: October-December 2020

Joseph Krauss and Lujain Jo, AP (September 26, 2022): Egyptian cleric revered by Muslim Brotherhood dies at 96: Youssef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric seen as the spiritual leader of the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood, has died at the age of 96

Middle East Elections Coming Up in 2022 and 2023

Kuwait Snap Parliamentary Elections: September 29, 2022

Libya Presidential and Parliamentary Elections: Overdue

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Parliamentary Elections: October 1, 2022 (delays possible)

Lebanon Indirect Presidential Election (by parliament): October 31, 2022

Israel Snap Parliamentary Elections: November 1, 2022

Bahrain Parliamentary Elections: November12,  2022

Tunisia Early Legislative Elections: December 17, 2022

Turkey Presidential and Legislative Elections: By June 18, 2023

Pakistan General Elections: By October 12, 2023

Israel Local Elections: October 2023

Oman Consultative Assembly Elections: October 2023

United Arab Emirates Federal National Council Elections: October 2023 (indirect elections, advisory body with limited powers)

Egypt Local Elections: Due and discussed, but not scheduled

Oman Local Elections: Due, but postponed due to COVID-19

Palestinian Authority Presidential and Legislative Elections: Long overdue, postponed yet again, no date set

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Africa This Week: September 26, 2022

Africa Elections Weekly News Review: September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022

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

The city of Abakaliki in southeastern Nigeria. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Liberty22 (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Upcoming Africa Elections

Equatorial Guinea General Elections: November 20, 2022

Edward Mcallister, Reuters (September 24, 2022): Equatorial Guinea president to run again to extend 43-year rule

Crisis24 (September 21, 2022): Equatorial Guinea: Political gatherings likely ahead of general elections Nov. 20

Nigeria General Elections: February 18, 2023

Reuters and CNN (September 22, 2022): Nigeria’s Buhari, in last UN speech, slams ‘corrosive impact’ of leaders who cling to power

Vincent Ufuoma, ICIR (September 21, 2022): 2023: Amid concerns for INEC’s impartiality, Buhari promises legacy of free, fair elections

David Pilling, Financial Times (September 19, 2022): How Nigeria’s state lost the trust of its citizens

Zimbabwe General Elections: July 2023

Ibbo Mandaza and Tony Reeler, Daily Maverick (September 21, 2022): Are free and fair elections possible in Zimbabwe in 2023?

Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy (September 16, 2022): Cafe Meeting Turns Into Tense Car Chase for U.S. Senate Aides in Zimbabwe

Gabon Presidential Election: August 2023 (due)

North Africa Post (September 19, 2022): Former Speaker of Gabon’s parliament arrested with around $2m in suitcases

RFI (September 18, 2022 – in French): Gabon: Opposition leader Guy Nzouba-Ndama arrested at the border with suitcases filled with banknotes

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

Michelle Gavin, Council on Foreign Relations (September 26, 2022): What’s Behind the DRC’s Decision to Auction Off Some of Its Rain Forest?

Marc Perelman and Christophe Boisbouvier, France24 (September 23, 2022): DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi: ‘Presidential elections will take place in 2023’

Clément Fayol, Antoine Harari, and Pete Jones, OCCRP (September 15, 2022): “I will take my percentage”: Congolese presidential adviser caught on tape negotiating corrupt mineral deal

Julian Pecquet, The Africa Report (September 13, 2022): DR Congo’s Fayulu embarks on weeks-long US tour ahead of elections

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

Reuters (September 25, 2022): Somaliland postpones presidential election until next year

Senegal Presidential Election: February 2024 (due)

France24 (September 20, 2022 – video): Senegal president names first prime minister since 2019

Katarina Hojie, Bloomberg (September 17, 2022): Senegalese President Names Amadou Ba to Lead New Cabinet

United Nations (September 15, 2022): Senegal: Civil society and human right defenders mobilize for a transparent election

Rachel Beatty Riedl, Bamba Ndiaye, and Oumar Ba, The Conversation (September 14, 2022): Senegal’s presidential poll is shaping up as a real contest, with voters in the driver’s seat

Sudan General Elections: By 2024 (due – unclear following coup)

Daphne Psaledakis, Reuters (September 23, 2022): Sudan’s leader says date for elections not fixed

Burkina Faso Elections: TBD, following coup

AP (September 22, 2022): Burkina Faso coup-leader defends his military takeover to UN

International Crisis Group (September 14, 2022): An Initial Assessment of Burkina Faso’s Transitional Leadership

Chad Elections: TBD, following coup

Human Rights Watch (September 23, 2022): Chad: Security Force Abuse Amid National Dialogue

Reuters (September 19, 2022): Chad foreign minister resigns as government engages rebels in talks

Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux (September 17, 2022): Bishops in Chad say African country’s national dialogue is a ‘monologue’

AFP (September 16, 2022): Chadian Rebel Returns For Talks On Country’s Future

Guinea Elections: TBD, following coup

Ougna Camara, Bloomberg (September 23, 2022): West Africa Bloc Ecowas Imposes Sanctions on Guinea’s Junta

Past Africa Elections

São Tomé and Príncipe Legislative Elections: September 25, 2022

Philip Andrew Churm, Africanews (September 26, 2022): São Tomé and Príncipe go to the polls as a model of democracy in Africa

Africanews with AFP (September 23, 2022): Sao Tome crisis-hit ruling coalition faces defeat in legislative polls

Angola General Elections: August 24, 2022

AFP (September 24, 2022): Thousands in Angola’s Capital Protest Alleged Electoral Fraud

Antonio Cascais, DW (September 16, 2022): Angola after the election: No rest for the opposition nor the president

Paula Cristina Roque, African Arguments (September 15, 2022): Angola: Anatomy of a stolen election

Cláudio Silva, African Arguments (September 14, 2022): The real winners of Angola’s election

Kenya General Elections: August 9, 2022

Gurjit Singh, Observer Research Foundation (September 13, 2022): The Kenyan elections: A surprisingly democratic and peaceful affair: The lack of political violence during the recent elections in Kenya spells progress for the East African country.

Regional Analysis

Peter Fabricius, ISS (September 23, 2022): Can Africa outdo its election riggers?

Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei, Al Jazeera (September 21, 2022): African autocrats have new allies: Street goons – The police and military are being replaced by thugs as weapons of violence to build a veil of deniability.

Nic Cheeseman, The Africa Report (September 19, 2022): The rise of the opposition in Africa: Which governments are likely to fall next?

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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