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Infographic of the Week: 2015 African Elections

This year, Africa will see 16 general, parliamentary, or presidential elections. We are particularly interested in the elections in Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Zambia and will follow them this year. Of note, Zambia’s election is on January 20 and Nigeria will hold their elections on February 14.

After the sudden death of Zambia’s former president, Michael Sata, last October, Zambia had 90 days in which to elect a new president. Many believe that the leading candidate Edgar Lungu for the Patriotic Front party, which Sata founded in 2001, will win handedly, but there is already hate speech and what looks like potential looming violence as the election date nears.

Nigeria’s elections are sure to grab countless headlines as Goodluck Jonathan seeks another presidential term. But upon the backdrop of the 200 missing girls who were taken last year by Boko Haram and their continued violence in Northern Nigeria, the election will likely be mired by threats of violence and potential civil unrest.

Goodluck officially launched his reelection campaign on January 8.

The infographic is from Brookings’ latest Africa report: Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2015.

4 Prime Sources to Follow for Kenyan Presidential Election News

Today Kenya is holding its presidential election and many are wary that violence may mar the electoral process as it did in the hotly contested 2007 election where over 1000 people were killed during violent outbreaks throughout the country. The hotbed of violence took place in Kibera, one of Nairobi’s largest slums where fighting broke out along tribal lines. Reports of five police deaths have already emerged from Mombassa. Now the world watches closely as the nation votes between main presidential contenders: Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta.

Must-read: Foreign Policy published a superb history of Kenyan politics that explains why this election is pivotal and wrought with historical significance.

As the elections take place today here are four prime sources to follow for up-to-date news and citizen journalism. 

Uchaguzi – Uchaguzi is Ushahidi’s site for citizens to report everything from positive events to security issues through SMS and Twitter updates.

Uchaguzi’s aim is to help Kenya have a free, fair, peaceful, and credible general election. Uchaguzi’s strategy for this is to contribute to stability in Kenya by increasing transparency and accountability through active citizen participation in the electoral cycles – See more at: http://blog.ushahidi.com/2013/02/11/uchaguzi-kenya-2013-launched/#sthash.CD6wA2aO.dpuf

You can find updates on citizen reports and a gallery of tweets, photos, and videos from the elections.

Al Jazzera: Al Jazeera is publishing a multimedia Kenya election live blog. You can see photos and tweets from the ground as well as regularly updated posts and soundcloud audio.

Al Jazzera has also published an interactive map to find poll data, ethic divisions and live vote coverage.

BBC Africa – As can expected, the BBC has several reporters (Twitter list) on the ground in Kenya to bring us up-to-date reporting during today’s election and its ensuing outcome. In addition to radio spots and traditional web articles, the BBC is publishing tweets from its reporters as well. The BBC has published a gallery of election photos. Find full election coverage at www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/africa

Associated Press: AP reporters are in Kenya publishing updated coverage of the elections through articles and photo. The best photos by far of the elections are coming from AP photographers. See a full gallery: Kenya Votes: Long lines and Violence. Follow the AP’s tags for Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta.

Feature photo credit: Mom Bloggers for Social Good/ Jennifer James