Africa Decides: All the upcoming elections and votes
How to use the map: the basics
This African elections map shows you all the upcoming votes. Move around and click to find out more.
The colour tells you approximately when the election is:
- Red – This month
- Orange – Next month
- Yellow – In two months
- Green – Beyond that
The icon tells you who is up for election:
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- Information about the context and system behind every election.
- Analysis of the candidates, platforms, parties and significance of the vote, updated each week.
- The results and outcomes explained.
- Essential reading around the vote.
- The latest headlines from around the web.
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Upcoming African elections: A list
Here are the upcoming elections in list form. It includes links to relevant African Arguments articles.
- 6: Gabon – National Assembly
- 7: Cameroon – President
- [From African Arguments] Cameroon elections: President Biya set for routine, if Pyrrhic, victory
- [From African Arguments] Cameroon’s ghost president
- [From African Arguments] Cameroon: What one man’s 17-year ordeal tells us about Biya’s regime
- 7: São Tomé and Príncipe – National Assembly
- 13: Côte d’Ivoire – Regional and municipal councils
- 7: Madagascar – President and National Assembly (run-off 19 December)
- [From African Arguments] Madagascar elections: 36 candidates, 4 (ex-)presidents, and a lot of money
- 18: Guinea-Bissau – National Assembly
- 25: Mali – National Assembly (second round 16 December)
- 30: Chad – National Assembly
- 10: Libya – President and National Assembly
- 20: Togo – National Assembly
- 23: DR Congo – President and National Assembly
- [From African Arguments] How Kabila and the mining giants went from best friends to adversaries
- [From African Arguments] Divide and rule: The problem with the DRC’s electoral system
- [From African Arguments] Ahead of DRC elections, Kabila eyes short-terms gains from big miners
- [From African Arguments] Why Congo’s decision to open national parks to drilling isn’t really about oil
- 31: Equatorial Guinea – National Assembly (not confirmed)
Beyond [being updated]
- January: Guinea – National Assembly (date to be confirmed)
- 16 February: Nigeria – President
- [From African Arguments] Can Atiku unseat President Buhari in Nigeria’s 2019 elections?
- [From African Arguments] “It’s everywhere”: Vote-buying gets more brazen in Nigeria ahead of 2019
- [From African Arguments] Defections and deflections: Who now holds the balance of power in Nigeria?
- [From African Arguments] Nigeria’s grand plan to stop fake news in 2019? Fight fire with fire.
- [From African Arguments] Nigeria’s 2019 elections: The preparations, people and prospects
- 24 February (tbc): Senegal – President
- 2 March: Nigeria – National Assembly
- 21 May: Malawi – President and National Assembly
- 15 October: Mozambique – President, National Assembly, Local
- Date tbc: South Africa – President, National Assembly, Provincial Legislatures