This map shows mostly presidential and legislative elections held or to be held in 2011 and 2012. Forty countries have organized and will organize elections over the next two years. Twenty-four of these elections are to choose presidents, while thirty-seven of them will renew national parliaments.
As more and more elections take place across Africa, electoral processes pave the way for democracy and development. However, weak and flawed elections also carry with them a strong potential for instability and violence. Continuous monitoring of electoral processes thus serves as a tool to identify and alert on potential conflict.
Updated: May 10, 2012