A presentation of the 2017 African National Elections

This article was updated on April 11, 2017 (new developments in Somaliland and the Gambia).

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

Legislatives are planned for April but without an exact date for now.


  • Lesotho

The King dissolved the Assembly early March and the anticipated elections should take place on June 3.


  • Senegal

Parliamentary elections planned for July 2, 2017.

  • South Sudan

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

  • Gabon

Parliamentary elections planned for July 29, 2017.

  • Republic of Congo

Legislatives planned in the course of July without an exact date for now.


  • Rwanda

On August 4, Rwanda organises a presidential election.

  • Angola

The exact date for the August parliamentary election is still to be announced officially. The presidential candidate of the winning party will become President.

  • Kenya

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


  • 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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