Growing democratic election momentum is good for Africa

About elections in Africa

Elections are important for Africa, because they [elections] are a sign of growing democracy that increasingly has citizens at its heart. Equally important for all Africans who do business in our space, strong democracy is an ingredient of a ripening environment for the prospective success of digital technology solutions.


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Related post: 2015 African Elections Map



Elections in Africa: 2014, 2015 and 2016

Out of 55 countries, this is how Africa is performing, as measured by the percentage of countries with elections.


[pie_chart3 color=”]27,#ff0000,Countries with 2014 elections (15);73,#d3d3d3,Rest of Africa (40) [/pie_chart3]


[pie_chart3 color=”]34,#ff0000,Countries with 2015 elections (19);66,#d3d3d3,Rest of Africa (36) [/pie_chart3]


[pie_chart3 color=”]56,#ff0000,Countries with 2016 elections (31);44,#d3d3d3,Rest of Africa (24) [/pie_chart3]



The 3 piecharts above clearly indicate that there has been a growing democratic election momentum in Africa in the past 3 years.

Those who follow African political developments closely will agree that not all of the 2015 elections went well, e.g. in Burundi. However, a good number of other elections took place relatively peacefully, including in Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Egypt. It is our hope that free, fair and peaceful elections will grow with the associated momentum.


Here is an interactive map of 2016 elections in Africa:

All the stats for elections in Africa were sourced from The National Democratic Institute.

This post is part of 1POINT1Billion campaign, eNitiate’s initiative that supports The AU’s Agenda 2063.


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