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AFRICAN ELECTIONS DATABASE

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Site Changes
(as of 2 February 2011)

1) No Ads - Due to a recent upgrade, the banner ads once visible at the top of each page have been removed.
 
2) Elections in Sudan - Previously listed as 'Under Construction,' Sudan's election results (excluding the 1965 election, which will be added soon) have now been added to the database. A new page covering Elections in South Sudan has also been added.
 
3) Template Replacement - After discovering that some of the templates used to display election results appear unaligned and/or distorted in particular web browsers, newly formatted templates are being added to replace the older ones. The site appears correctly in Internet Explorer, which is currently recommended as the best browser for viewing it until the updating process is completed. More information, including the update status of the individual country pages, can be found here: 2011 Country Page Update Tracker
 
4) New Pages
    a) Sub-National Elections - The results of selected local and regional elections has been moved from the bottom of the homepage to a separate page.
    b) Links - A page of links containing information on elections and politics in the Sub-Saharan Africa region has been added.
 
4) Single-Party/Single Candidate Elections - In cases where full data is available for single-party elections, a new figure has been added to the table that reflects the number of valid votes as a percentage of the total votes cast (see the example below, with the newly-added figure in red). The decision to add this figure is due to the historical fact that many single-party regimes in sub-saharan Africa rarely claimed to win 100 percent of the vote, often opting to use the number of valid votes as a percentage of the total votes cast.
 
Example 1: 29 November 1970 Presidential Election in Côte d'Ivoire. 

Registered Voters

2,020,000

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

2,003,714 (99.2%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

          668

Total Valid Votes

2,003,046 (99.97%)

Félix Houphouët-Boigny

2,003,046 (100.00%)

 
Example 2: 24 June 1973 People's Assembly Election in Congo-Brazzaville.

Registered Voters

662,098

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

550,739 (83.2%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

175,357

Total Valid Votes

375,382 (68.16%)

PCT

375,382 (100.00%)