A presentation of the 2017 African National Elections

This article was updated on June 26, 2017.

Here is a factual presentation of the 15 national elections planned in Africa for 2017 with a traffic jam in July/August. The previous update on the last elections of 2016 is available here.



For a full infographic experience click here.


  • Somalia

The Presidential election, by the Members of Parliament, took place on February 8. Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo, an ex-Prime Minister, was elected.


  • The Gambia

The Gambia organised parliamentary elections on April 6, 2017. The UDP, the party of the new President A. Barrow – elected in December 2016, have won 31 seats out the 53 available.


  • Algeria

The parliamentary elections took place on May 4, 2017. The turnout was low: 35%. The coalition in power, made up of the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) and Rassemblement National Démocratique (RND),  remains in power. FLN obtained 164 MPs, 57 less than in 2012, and 25,99% of the ballots. RND got 14,91% and 100 MPs, 29 more seats than in 2012.


  • Lesotho

Snap parliamentary elections took place on June 3, 2017. The All Basotho Convention (ABC) party led by Thomas Thabane, who returned from his South African exil, became first with 48 MPs, against 46 in 2015, and 40,52% of the votes. The ABC negotiated a governmental majority with 3 other parties: the Alliance of Democrats (9 MPs), the Basotho National Party (5 MPs), and the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (1 MP). Thomas Thabane became Prime minister again, after 2012-2015, on June 16, 2017. The Democratic Congress of Pakalitha Mosisili, who was in power since the 2015 snap elections, lost 17 seats, and 25,82% of the votes for 30 MPs. Its main allied, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy, led by Mothetjoa Metsing, lost one seat compared to 2015 with 11 MPs for 8,95% of the votes.


  • Senegal

Parliamentary elections planned for July 2, 2017.

  • South Sudan

Parliamentary and presidential elections have to take place before July 9, 2017.

  • Gabon

The parliamentary elections are planned for July 29, 2017.

  • The Republic of Congo

The two-round parliamentary elections are planned for July 16 and 30, 2017.


  • Rwanda

On August 4, Rwanda organises a presidential election.

  • Kenya

Kenya organises on August 8, 2017, both parliamentary and presidential elections.

  • Angola

The parliamentary elections are planned for August 23, 2017.  The candidate from the winning party becomes the country President. President Dos Santos, in power since 1979, does not run this year.


  • Somaliland

Due to the drought and the risk of famine in the Horn of Africa, Legislative and Presidential elections, that were planned on March 27, have been postponed to September. This country is not recognised by the international community since its unilateral independence from Somalia in 1991.


  • Liberia

On October 10, Liberians will choose their Members and Parliament and their President. President Sirleaf has reached the mandate term-limit.


  • Sierra Leone

Legislative and presidential elections are planned for November without an exact date for now.

To be organised by the end of 2017

  • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

More details here ici.


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