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Africa election outlook: Key issues in 6 upcoming elections

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(Read caption) Nigerian security officers stand guard at the entrance of the Independent National Electoral Commission office, where results of last Saturday's Presidential elections were declared in Abuja, Nigeria on April 18. Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan clinched the oil-rich country's presidential election Monday, as rioting by opposition protesters in the Muslim north highlighted the religious and ethnic differences still dividing Africa's most populous nation.

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As VOA reminds us, “over 30 African countries [are] scheduled to hold parliamentary and presidential elections this year,” and some sixteen countries have already held their votes. A few weeks ago, I looked at the electoral pictures in Djibouti, Nigeria, Benin, Mauritania, and Chad. One of those elections has completely concluded: on April 8, Djibouti re-elected President Ismael Guelleh to a third term (more here). This post looks at how elections in the other countries (and in North Sudan) are proceeding.

Here’s the updated electoral calendar:

  • April 25: Presidential elections in Chad
  • April 26: State elections and some (previously delayed) legislative elections in Nigeria
  • April 28: State elections in Nigeria’s Kaduna and Bauchi States
  • April 30: Parliamentary elections in Benin
  • May 2: State elections in North Sudan’s South Kordofan State
  • Unknown: Partial Senate elections in Mauritania

Here is an outline of the major issues at stake in each country:



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