Yesterday’s Super Sunday — on which six countries from across the region went to the polls — was generally peaceful but demonstrated that democracy is still a work in progress in some parts of the continent.
Benin. Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou has conceded defeat to “King of Cotton” Patrice Talon.
Cape Verde. Led by Correia e Silva, the opposition party Opposition Movement for Democracy unseated the ruling African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde.
Congo-Brazzaville. Incumbent President Denis Sassou Nguesso is set to stay in office after an election day defined by a government ban on mobile phone, internet, and motor vehicle usage as well as reports of tear gas being fired at protesters.
Niger. Incumbent President Mahamdou Issoufou will stay in office for a second term after a run-off election that, in addition to being at least partially boycotted, was against a candidate who has been in detention since the fall and was flown to France last week for medical reasons.
Senegal. Results have not yet been declared but voter turnout was low for a referendum that is regarded as an indication of the popularity of current President Macky Sall.
Zanzibar. Incumbent President Ali Mohamed Shein has been declared the winner of a do-over election that was boycotted by the main opposition party who believe that it should have been declared the winner of last fall’s elections which instead were annulled on disputed fraud charges.