News – Togo: President (2020)

Insights – Togo: President (2020)

President Faure Gnassingbé has won a fourth mandate with 72.36% of the vote, according to official results. The announcement was contested by the opposition, which claims serious irregularities.

Agbéyomé Kodjo, Gnassingbé's primary challenger, won 18.37% of the vote, while third-placed Jean-Pierre Fabre got 4.35%. Participation was 76.63%, according to the electoral commission. → Read the rest “Insights – Togo: President (2020)”

News – Guinea: National Assembly (2020)

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Insights – Guinea: National Assembly and Constitutional Referendum (2020)

As of now, the contested referendum is going forward, easily overshadowing the legislative elections that it was tacked onto only a few weeks ago. Tensions are running high, though.

President Alpha Condé did little to defuse these tensions with comments made to a French newspaper on Wednesday. He openly flirted with the possibility to use the planned constitutional changes to run for a third term, saying that "The Guinean people will ask this question: Is it the first time that a president changes the constitution to do a third or fourth term? → Read the rest “Insights – Guinea: National Assembly and Constitutional Referendum (2020)”

News – Cameroon: National Assembly (2020)

Insights – Cameroon: National Assembly (2020)

As was expected, the official results saw the governing party retain its absolute majority. President Paul Biya's RDPC won 139 out of 167 declared seats, according to the president of the constitutional council. Further seats went to allies of the ruling party.

Thirteen seats from the anglophone regions of Cameroon had their results annulled due to irregularities and violence during election day. → Read the rest “Insights – Cameroon: National Assembly (2020)”

News – Cameroon: National Assembly (2020)

News – Togo: President (2020)

News – Togo: President (2020)

News – Cameroon: National Assembly (2020)

Insights – Cameroon: National Assembly (2020)

Election day has come and gone, and the votes are still being counted. It may take another two weeks for the official result to arrive.

But based on the estimates of independent election observers and international journalists, it seems that the signature feature of this election was a low turnout. As few as 30 percent of voters may have cast their votes. → Read the rest “Insights – Cameroon: National Assembly (2020)”

News – Togo: President (2020)

News – Cameroon: National Assembly (2020)

News – Burkina Faso: New Constitution (2020)

Burkina Faso (constitutional referendum): While a draft constitution exists since last year, the referendum might be shelved for the foreseeable future. The dates for the next presidential and legislative elections were fixed for November 22, without any mention of a new constitution taking effect until then. This delays any referendum until at least mid-2021. → Read the rest “News – Burkina Faso: New Constitution (2020)”

News – Guinea: National Assembly and Constitutional Referendum (2020)

Insights – Guinea: National Assembly and Constitutional Referendum (2020)

President Conde has pushed things too far with his attempts to reform the constitution, likely to allow him another term in office. If Guinea's political forces don't find a solution in the coming days, the onus will fall on the regional organization ECOWAS to mediate and search for a non-violent solution to the conflict. → Read the rest “Insights – Guinea: National Assembly and Constitutional Referendum (2020)”

News – Comoros: Assembly of the Union (2020)

Insights – Comoros: Assembly of the Union (2020)

Given that the opposition largely boycotted the elections, the results don't surprise: President Azali Assoumani's party won 17 out of 24 seats, according to official results reported by news agencies.

Two seats went to other parties, though these are also part of the presidential coalition. A second-round deciding the five remaining seats will take place on February 23. → Read the rest “Insights – Comoros: Assembly of the Union (2020)”

News – Cameroon: National Assembly (2020)

Calm as Guinea Bissau awaits poll results

The essentials: Bissau-Guineans voted on Sunday in a peaceful presidential ballot. The country remains calm for election results on November 28th. The forerunners are incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz, who seeks a second 5-year term and Domingos Simoes Pereira.

The context: Guinea Bissau has endured political upheaval for the past 5 years. → Read the rest “Calm as Guinea Bissau awaits poll results”