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  • Madagascar in Turmoil: the Looming Political Crisis
    Although Madagascar is no stranger to political tumult, its long history of contested elections and deep-seated political rivalries has peaked ahead of upcoming presidential elections. As the country faces yet…
  • Nigeria’s Off-Cycle Governors’ Races
    Much like our coverage of the main stretch of Nigerian elections in February and March, this piece will review the outlook for the 11 November gubernatorial elections. Along with the…
  • South Sudanese Electoral Reforms: Path to Progress or Consolidation of Power?
    In the turbulent political landscape of South Sudan, where stable governance has been elusive since gaining independence in 2011, the country is currently at a key crossroads in its political…
  • Mauritania: The first challenge of the Ghazouani era
    The 1,786,488 Mauritanians that have registered to vote between 27 January and 13 March 2023 are called to vote on 13 May for the first round of the legislative election,…
  • Nigerian Gubernatorial Elections: State Ratings
    As part of our coverage for the elections in Nigeria, this piece reviews parties’ outlook for the all-important gubernatorial elections. Along with the overall summary, we are releasing our final…
  • Africa Elects Nigeria Election Centre
    The Presidency As noted in our electoral system explainer article, to win the Presidency, a candidate must receive both the most votes and 25% of the vote in 2/3 of…
  • Could the Nigerian Election go to a Second Round?
    Like many other presidential democracies worldwide, Nigeria uses a two-round system to elect its President. However, the unique modifications to the system make it like no other two-round system in…
  • Nigerian Presidential Election: State Ratings
    In one of the last parts of our series on the upcoming elections in Nigeria, we review the presidential election outlook for each of Nigeriaโ€™s thirty-six states along with its…
  • Nigerian Presidential Election: Gaffes
    Recent Nigerian politics is no stranger to embarrassing gaffes. Whether it be now-President Muhammadu Buhari introducing his now-Vice President Yemi Osinbajoโ€”by the wrong name in 2015 or Governor Yahaya Bello…
  • Nigerian Presidential Election: Scandal Galore
    In the third part of our series on the upcoming elections in Nigeria, we will look at the campaign period from September to December 2022. The All Progressives Congressโ€™ Bola…
  • Sahrawi Republic: A 50-year-old conflict for independence
    Between 13 and 22 January 2023, the Frente Popular para la Liberation de Saguia El Hamra y Rรญo de Oro (Frente POLISARIO, left-wing|centre-left) held its 16th Congress in the Dajla…
  • Nigerian Presidential Election: Primaries and their aftermath
    In the second part of our series on the upcoming elections in Nigeria, we will look at the presidential primaries and their aftermaths. With incumbent Muhammadu Buhari (APC, centre) term-limited,…
  • Mauritania: New Election, New System
    What was rumoured already for weeks has been confirmed: Mauritania will hold snap legislative, regional, and local elections in early 2023. This comes after two roundtable negotiations between all registered…
  • Nigerian Presidential Election: The Politics of a 200 Million Strong Democracy
    In early 2023, Nigerians will head to the polls to elect a new president. With incumbent Muhammadu Buhari (APC) term-limited, the nation stands at a crossroads. Us at Africa Elects…
  • Somaliland Parliamentary Election: Peace and Democracy
    Somaliland is a paradox. A self-proclaimed independent territory of Somalia in 1991, it is not recognised as sovereign by any UN member country. Its economy is one of the weakest in…

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