2021 Elections Monitoring
by Leysley Nasimiyu
The Republic of Cabo Verde held its Presidential Election on 17 October 2021. Former prime minister (2000-2016), Jose Maria Pereira Neves from the African Party for the Independence of Cabo Verde (PAICV), was elected President after winning the first round with 51.7% of the votes, thus averting the need for a runoff. Campaigns leading to the 17th October elections were largely peaceful and cordial despite the polarisation of the political landscape by a historic number of seven presidential candidates. However, the measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, such as social distance and the extension of voting time by one hour, were not systematically followed.
By Leysley Nasimiyu
*Somaliland is an autonomous region of Somalia, which declared independence in 1991. Somaliland is not recognised as an independent sovereign State by the African Union or any foreign government. Nonetheless, Somaliland has held elections since 2003, and in 2017, the European Union sent a delegation to observe the presidential elections. Although not a recognised State, as part of the project to monitor elections and women’s political participation in Africa, the following PPM report analyses the most recent election in Somaliland and the participation and representation of women.
Gabon: Senate Election 2021
Gabon’s Senatorial Election results were revealed on February 1, 2021. According to the first round of results, the currently ruling Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) won with 45 out of 52 seats secured for its members. Five senators of either the opposition or independent party were voted for on February 1, and there are so far two seats remaining to be filled during the second round of elections. The second round of elections, though expected to take place on the 6th of February, is yet to be accounted for.
by Naomi Ndifon
The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, concluded its presidential elections on 21 March 2021, with incumbent President Denis Sassou Nguesso reelected with 88.57% of the vote for a fifth five-year term. Sassou Nguesso, 77, has been in power for an accumulated 36 years, first taking the helm of the Central African State in 1979, 19 years after its independence.
Chad: Presidential Election 2021
Chad’s Presidential Election took place on 11th April 2021. The incumbent President Idriss Déby was re-elected for a sixth term, taking almost 80 percent of all votes. The voter turnout was just under 65% in as much as the opposition called the registered 7.3 million voters to boycott the election. The 2021 Presidential Election included 10 Presidential candidates for the presidency. Of the selected 10, 3 candidates later withdrew from the race in the face of violence and intimidation by the state’s security forces. Among the remaining presidential candidates was one woman named Lydie Beassemda.