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Date:11 Jan 2015
2015: African Elections Preview

Your authoritative African elections online portal “African Elections Project (AEP)” brings you a preview of elections slated for 2015. There are about 15 African elections scheduled for this calendar year (2015) to elect new presidents and national assemblies.

Out of the number, only a few countries have confirmed dates for their elections. The following three presidential elections will be on the radar of AEP due to the unique opportunities and challenges they present to the peace and stability of the respective countries:

Zambia (presidential by-election on January 20, 2015)

Zambia will go to the polls to elect a new President in January to serve the remainder of the late President Michael Sata's term (January 2015 to September 2016). The by-election is seen as a two Horse Race between the ruling Patriotic Front’s (PF) Hon. Edgar Lungu (EL), and Opposition United Party for National Development’s (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema (HH). This election is seen as a watershed for the country’s democracy as electorates elect new candidates and also test the constitutional transition from the previous administration and the stability of the East African state.

Nigeria (general elections on February 14, 2015)

The 16 year dominance of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria will face its strongest test as the 4 biggest opposition parties have overcome their ethnic, religious and regional differences to form alliance: the All Progressive Congress (APC). The 2015 elections is expected to be most competitive polls since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999 as it sees for the first time, the opposition parties form a strong coalition to challenge the PDP which has ruled the country since its return to democratic rule. This election will bring into sharp focus the turbulence brought about by Boko Haram, the reduction in world oil prices and its effect on the country’s economy and unresolved issues of voter malpractices in the last elections, corruption, job creation among other key issues.

Togo (presidential elections in March, 2015- Date not confirmed)

The final but not the least elections on the AEP radar will be that of Togo. Faure Gnassingbe of the Rally for the Togolese People will face off the strongest test ever since independence from the National Alliance for Change’s (ANC) the 62-year-old Jean-Pierre Fabre. 8 opposition parties merged to form the ANC in their bid to wrestle power from the ruling RTP. Will the RTP stronghold in Northern Togo see President Gnassingbe through to another term in office or the reinvigorated opposition will pull a surprise? The polls will the country’s 6th presidential election since the birth of democracy in the 1990s.

Aside the above countries, the trouble South Sudan will be holding its first post-independence elections on 30 June. According to the Sudanese government, 17 political parties have confirmed participation in the general elections.

Other countries that have scheduled to hold elections in 2015 include Ethiopia, Benin, Tanzania, Mali, Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Egypt, Guinea, Niger, Equatorial Guinea and Chad have their elections scheduled for 2015.

 AEP

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