2020 African Elections Watch


Visual representation of countries expected to hold elections in 2020. Compiled by Global Politics Blog
  • 2020 Comorian legislative election: Legislative elections were held in the Comoros on 19 January 2020; in constituencies where no candidate received a majority, a second round will be held alongside local elections on 23 February.
  • 2020 Guinean legislative election on 19 February 2020: The 114 members of the National Assembly are elected by a mixed member system; 38 are elected from single-member constituencies based on the 33 prefectures and five communes of Conakry by first-past-the-post voting, whilst the other 76 are elected from a single nationwide constituency by proportional representation.
  • 2020 Togolese presidential election on 22 February 2020: Togolese will vote on 22 February 2020 in the first round of the West African country’s presidential election, a decree issued by Council of Ministers on Thursday in Lomé said.
  • 2020 Burundian general election 20 May 2020: Incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza, in power since 2005, announced in December 2018 that he would not contest the elections. In response, the main opposition alliance, CNARED, announced that they would return from exile in Belgium to participate in the elections for the first time since 2005.
  • 2020 Ethiopian general election on 16 August 2020: The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, the historically dominant political coalition in Ethiopia, was dissolved on the 1st of December 2019, and its member parties were merged into the Prosperity Party, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. All parties of the EPRDF agreed to this except the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, who will be participating in the elections as their own political party.
  • 2020 Seychellois presidential election between September and November 2020: The President of Seychelles is elected using the two-round system; if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the first round, a second round is held between the top two candidates. In August 2019 the United Seychelles Party nominated its leader and incumbent president Danny Faure as its candidate during its thirty-third annual congress.
  • 2020 Ivorian presidential election on 31 October 2020: Incumbent President Alassane Ouattara has announced he will not run again after being president for two terms (2010–2015 and 2015–2020).
  • 2020 Burkinabé general election in November 2020: In February 2019 former Prime Minister Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo announced that he would contest the presidential elections.
  • 2020 Egyptian parliamentary election on November 2020: The Shura Council, previously the upper house of parliament, was abolished following the promulgation of the 2014 constitution. However, amendments to the constitution approved in a 2019 referendum reinstated an upper house named the Senate, which would consist of 120 elected members and 60 appointed by the president.
  • 2020 Somaliland parliamentary election 2020 date to be confirmed: Parliamentary elections were scheduled to be held in Somaliland on 27 March 2019, alongside local elections. However they were postponed by the Electoral Commission, without a new date being set, and the Commission did not indicate when a new date would be announced. The elections had previously been postponed several times, with the last elections held in 2005. In August 2019 the National Electoral Commission postponed the election again, until at least 2020.
  • 2020 Ghanaian general election in November/December: In February 2019 former president John Mahama was confirmed as the candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress. In December, incumbent president Nana Akufo-Addo announced that he intended to run for re-election as the New Patriotic Party. The two previously ran against each other in both 2012 (with Mahama winning) and 2016 (with Akufo-Addo winning).
  • 2020 Tanzanian general election date to be confirmed: In April 2019 Chama Cha Mapinduzi MP Livingstone Lusinde suggested that holding a presidential election in 2020 was not a good idea due to the cost, and that the money should be used for development projects.