Africa Elects is a pan-African media specialising in election coverage and socio-electoral data analysis. Together with our American, Asian, European and Oceanian sister projects, we contextualise the data for free for tens of thousands of followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Africa Elects’ work attempts to break the national narrative and report local politics from a transnational perspective.
A team of 14 volunteers runs Africa Elects. We reinvest 100% of our income into Africa Elects.
For too long, racism, neo-colonialism and lack of easily accessible information have damaged the global understanding of African politics. We try to participate, to our extent, in creating freely accessible education materials and developing a pan-African democracy led by a politically empowered citizenry.
We aim to make big data related to polls and elections accessible for researchers, journalists, politicians, and citizens for free and across borders.
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Team Coordinator | Mauritania and Sahrawi Republic Correspondent
Tidjani joined Africa Elects in June 2021, helping with the coverage of Mauritania and Western Sahara, where he's originally from. Tidjani joined Europe Elects in 2022 to cover Spain, of which he also is a national. He is currently studying Political Science at the Complutense University of Madrid. He speaks four languages: Spanish, Hassaniya Arabic, English and French. He became Africa Elects' team coordinator in January 2023.
Réunion and Mayotte Correspondent
Adèle has been part of Africa Elects since July 2020, covering polls and elections in Réunion and Mayotte. Responsible for covering France, she also is a member of Europe Elects, America Elects and Oceania Elects. She has also been covering Chile for America Elects between 2019 and 2022. Adèle studies environmental policies.
Adrian has been covering polls and elections in Nigeria for Africa Elects since April 2021. He is currently studying at the George Washington University.
Central African Republic Correspondent
Alex joined Africa Elects in January 2022, covering politics in the Central African Republic. Though based in London, he maintains contact with journalists and politicians in Bangui and has written research on Russian intervention in the Central African Republic. He also edits the Europe Elects Podcast for our sister organisation, Europe Elects.
Southern Africa correspondent
Darren joined AfricaElects in February 2022, helping with the coverage of southern Africa. He is currently studying political science at Duke University and intends to pursue a Ph.D. after graduating in 2023.
Mauritius, Seychelles, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Correspondent
Dennis has been part of Africa Elects since November 2020. He covers political developments, polls and elections in Mauritius, Seychelles and Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. In addition to his work at Africa Elects, Dennis is a member of America Elects and Oceania Elects.
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Juan Pablo Mesa Rodriguez
Angola, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe Correspondent
Juan Pablo covers polls, elections, and political developments in Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa since April 2021. He covers polls, elections, and political developments in Portuguese-speaking countries. He also covers Caribbean countries for America Elects and East Timor for Asia Elects. Juan Pablo is currently studying for a postgraduate degree in marketing research and analytics.
Li Zhi Rieken
South Africa Correspondent
Li Zhi has been a part of Africa Elects since October 2022, making graphs as well as covering politics, polls, and elections in South Africa. He is currently studying political science at George Washington University.
Tobias Gerhard Schminke
Tobias founded Africa Elects in 2018, four years after creating Europe Elects. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication Science with a Political Science minor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and Haifa University, Israel. In 2019, Tobias obtained his Master of Arts in International Development Studies in Halifax, Canada. He is currently working towards his PhD at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.
Somalia and Somaliland Correspondent
Yusuf joined Africa Elects in September 2022, covering Somalia and Somaliland. He was born in the UK to Somali parents and spent a significant portion of his life in Somalia. He is currently studying Economics and Political Science. He speaks English and Somali (specifically the northern dialect).
Our Algerian correspondent has chosen not to be featured on the website.
Our Motswana correspondent has chosen not to be featured on the website.
Our Libyan correspondent has chosen not to be featured on the website.
Our Moroccan correspondent has chosen not to be featured on the website.
Since publishing polls or reporting on election irregularities is illegal in some countries, several volunteers have decided to remain anonymous or use authors’ names.
Africa Elects wants to thank team members who helped to build the project in the past:
Lucan Dylan Page (South Africa, 2020-2021)
Mathew Nicolson (English-speaking countries and Team coordination, 2019-2022)
Michael Fayé (Rwanda, 2020-2022)
Mohamed Fuad (Djibouti, 2021-2022)
Mohamed Nour Jallow (Tunisia, 2022)