The presidential elections in Madagascar have been postponed several times but were finally held on October 25, 2013. These are the first elections since the 2009 coup led by Andry Rajoelina against the former president Marc Ravalomanana.
Rwanda headed to the polls to vote in parliamentary elections on 16th September 2013. 5,953,531 Rwandans are said to have registered to take part in voting for Rwanda’s Chamber of Deputies, the Lower House of Parliament.[i] Rwanda has a Bicameral Parliament.[ii]
The 31st July 2013 election in Zimbabwe is set to be the first election under the new constitution approved by a national referendum in March 2013 and signed into law later in May 2013.
The first round of the Presidential elections in Mali are scheduled to be held on Sunday July 28. The elections were initially scheduled for April 2012, but they were postponed due to a weak security situation after the coup d'état on March 21 2012.
Togo’s long delayed legislative elections, finally took place on 25th July 2013 when the Togolese people went to the polls. Early this year, the opposition threatened to boycott the elections, which had been rescheduled for March 2013 but later pushed again to July.[i]
Djibouti went to the polls for the National Assembly (Assemblée nationale) elections on the 22nd of February 2013. More than 173,000 people are expected to have voted for the 65 seats available in the National Assembly.[i] It is also said to be the first time in a decade that the opposition has not boycotted the elections.[ii] In fact no opposition politicians have been elected in the Horn of Africa nation since it gained its independence from France in 1977. [iii] This means that there will be opposition politicians in the parliament, a good sign for democracy in Djibouti.