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Date:10 Jan 2018
Outlook on Africa Elections 2018

Year 2017 was a disruptive year for many African countries in the governance space. The year saw the departure of long-term rulers in Gambia, Angola and the most prominent being Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe who had ruled for 37 years. 2017 also saw the landmark elections in Liberia - the first peaceful transfer of power between democratically elected leaders in over 70 years.

Elections in Kenya and Rwanda favored the incumbent governments where Uhuru Kenyatta got the nod for a second term and Paul Kagame a third term respectively.
This year also promises to bring exciting developments in Africa with regards to elections. In all about 20 countries will go to the polls to elect Presidents, Members of Parliament and Municipal and Local Government Representatives.

Our focus will mainly be on presidential elections in the following countries:

1. Sierra Leone: - March 7, 2018
The Sierra Leone elections is set to be a straight contest between Dr. Samura Camara of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC)  and retired military brigadier, Julius Maada Bio of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) who aims to return to power after a decade in opposition.

Interestingly, Julius Bio appointed Dr. Camara as Minister when he led the military junta in 1996. Incumbent Ernest Bai Koroma is not eligible to stand in this year’s elections after serving two consecutive terms.

Sierra Leone is still recovering from the devastating effect of Ebola, which plagued the country in 2014, and a tragic mudslide that killed hundreds of people in August 2017.

2. Egypt: -  26 – 28 March 2018
Egypt will go to the polls and elect a president over a period of 3 days from 26, 27, and 28 March 2018 while Egyptians living will vote on 15 March 2018.

So far, three candidates have announced their intention to contest the elections this includes Human rights defender Khaled Ali, Egypt’s former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq. The third candidate is Colonel Ahmed Konswa an architect in the Egyptian Army who has been sentenced to six years in prison after announcing that he was going to contest in the 2018 presidential elections. He was charged with violating rules of the military and expressing political opinions.

Incumbent President al-Sisi has not yet announced his candidacy to run for a second term in the upcoming polls. However, he is widely expected to run as his government is currently tackling terrorism and he will like to leave a legacy of maintaining peace in Egypt.

3. South Sudan: - 9 July 2018

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, the newest country in the world, seeks an election that will be the first vote on his leadership since the country won independence in 2011 from Sudan. Presidential elections set for 2015 were delayed by civil war.

The current government’s term of office comes to an end in February, which has necessitated this round of elections. The United Nations in a statement expressed deep worry about the current instability in the country. The statement further stated that credible elections could only be held in a stable environment where "people are not displaced by violence and hunger and in which they are able to express their political views free from intimidation."

4. Mali: -  April to Nov. 2018
The West-African nation is scheduled to hold presidential elections later part of the year. Elections was initially expected go kick off with local and regional elections on 17 December and presidential and legislative elections in 2018. However, the process has been delayed due to security concerns and uncertainties among rebel groups and political parties.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has yet to declare his candidacy to run for a second term even though he is widely expected to do so. A chink in his armour is the declaration in September 2017 by Kalifa Sanogo, the mayor of Mali’s second city, Sikasso and also one with a lot of voters in the sparsely populated, largely desert nation. Sanogo’s party, the Alliance for Democracy in Mali (Adema), supports Keita’s Rally for Mali (RPM) in parliament and was not expected to field a separate presidential candidate. Analyst are of the opinion this will split the votes leading to a second round of voting should President Keita stand again.

5. Zimbabwe:-  July to August 2018
Incumbent President, Emmerson Mnangagwa is widely expected to lead the ZANU-PF party into the Next Zimbabwe Presidential polls. In a dramatic twist, the long time opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had indicated he would not contest the 2018 elections to give way to the younger generation. But after a meeting among the MDC party executives, the party issued a statement indicating Tsvangirai remained the leader of the MDC and would be the MDC Presidential candidate for the 2018 elections.”

Mnangagwa continuously reiterates his inaugural promise of a new era of racial and tribal tolerance as well as prosperity for ordinary Zimbabweans and hopes to use the high office of the Presidency to revive the economy of Zimbabwe.

6. Cameroon: – August to October 2018
President Paul Biya is one on the longest reigning Africa leaders remaining, having been in power for the past 36 years. However, this elections looks to bring to an end his over three decades presidency mainly due to the strong agitation from the Anglophone side of Cameroon and an increasing pressure to step down. Currently, only one candidate, Mr Akere Muna, a lawyer by profession who served as the vice-president of Transparency International, and also as the President of Cameroon’s Bar Association is contesting President Biya.

Opposition parties are yet to succeed in uniting their base to nominate one candidate to challenge Paul Biya. Activists have also called for unification of the English speaking regions of Cameroon to secede and form an independent state called Ambazonia - British Cameroon’s new republic.

7. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):- Dec. 23, 2018

The Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of DRC announced during the latter part of 2017 that the long-awaited presidential elections to replace President Joseph Kabila would take place on December 23, 2018.

The announcement brought an end to the frequent delays and postponement of the Presidential elections, which was originally slated to take place in 2016.
However, it is yet to be seen if Joseph Kabila who has been in power since 2001 will vacate the presidency peacefully for the electoral process to begin. Dozens have died in protests against Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his constitutional mandate last December.

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