Africans vote in 6 elections across the continent
Sunday saw electorates from six African countries cast their ballots – these consisted of four presidential elections, as well as a constitutional referendum and a ‘legislative election.’ African Business Review takes a closer look – some countries have carried out the process better than others.
Benin's president Thomas Boni Yayi stepped down after serving his the maximum of two terms, enhancing the West African country's democratic credentials. Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou conceded defeat to Patrice Talon in what has been called a “decisive victory.”
Niger’s election is between incumbent president Mahamadou Issoufou against former prime minister and parliamentary speaker Hama Amadou, who is currently in Paris undergoing unspecified medical treatment. In February's first round, Mr Issoufou got 48% of the vote while Mr Amadou came second with 17 percent.
3) Republic of Congo
President Denis Sassou N'Guesso has been in power for over than 30 years is seeking another term following a reform to eliminate the cap on the number of terms served – a trend that seems to be all too popular across the continent. Mobile phone use has been blocked to "illegal publication of results.”
Senegal is voting on a constitutional referendum that proposes 15 reforms that would make sweeping changes. Senegal's President Macky Sall is asking voters to shorten the country's presidential term from seven years to five - the changes also call for a strengthened National Assembly, better representation for Senegalese abroad, and greater rights for the opposition in national elections.
Opposition parties in Zanzibar have called for a boycott citing that the country’s electoral laws had been previously broken - October's election was cancelled after CUF candidate Seif Sharif Hamad declared himself the winner before results were officially announced amid claims of widespread fraud.
6) Cape Verde
Cape Verde’s opposition party - Movement for Democracy (MPD) is set to win an absolute majority, against the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) after spending 15 years in power.