As nations have crucial elections, 2023 looks to be a hectic year for African politics and democracy.
Young people who are ready to see President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration end have high expectations for Nigeria’s next election in February.
Nigerians hope the election will produce leaders with the vigor to reverse their country’s slide as it struggles with an economic downturn and increased insecurity.
In Sierra Leone, both the presidential and legislative elections are set for June. President Julius Maada Bio is expected to put himself forward for reelection.
Despite mounting anger over the high cost of living, it is hoped that the majority that his Sierra Leone People’s Party now enjoys in the national assembly would be kept.
The presidential and parliamentary elections in Africa’s oldest republic in October will be a watershed moment for a country still recovering from years of civil war and a devastating pandemic. President George Weah has been chastised for failing to combat the country’s widespread corruption and for traveling to Qatar to watch the World Cup while the country was in recession.
President Ali Bongo appears to be re-elected in Gabon, thanks to the implied support of members of his Gabonese Democratic Party. Despite having a stroke that made walking difficult, the ruling party does not appear willing to force its 63-year-old leader to resign. Gabon, which is rich in oil, has been ruled by the Bongo family since 1967.
December will see the general elections for the national assembly, senate, and president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Felix Tshisekedi, the country’s president since 2019, is anticipated to run for re-election. To contend with an opposition that has been putting up significant effort, Tshisekedi will need to recruit new friends. He had a falling out with the former president, whose backing gave him the presidency. Moise Katumbi has already said that he will run.
Tshisekedi would find it challenging to convince Congolese that he is the change they want given the turmoil raging in the country’s east.
2023 African Election Calendar
|Benin||National Assembly||24 Jun 2023|
|Central African Republic||Local||Jan 2023|
|Gabon||Presidential, Legislative & Local||2023|
|Ghana||District, Local & Unit||2023|
|Guinea-Bissau||People’s National Assembly & Senate||2023|
|Liberia||President||10 Oct 2023|
|House of Representatives & Senate||Oct & Nov 2023|
|Mauritania||National Assembly, Regional & local||2023|
|Mozambique||Local||11 Oct 2023|
|Nigeria||President, House of Representatives & Senate||25 Feb 2023|
|State Assemblies & Governors||11 Mar 2023|
|Sierra Leone||President, Parliamentary and Local Councils||24 Jun 2023|
|South Sudan||President, National Assembly, local||2023|
|Sudan||Presidential, Coucil of States, National Assembly, State Legislatures, State Governors, local||Jul 2023|
|Swaziland||Senate, House of Assembly, Urban local, Tinkhundla||2023|
|Zimbabwe||President, Senate, House of Assembly & local||2023|