Map of the Week

15 May 2015 

In the presidential election of 25 April 2015, the outgoing President Faure Gnassingbé received 58.8 % of the votes against 35.1 % for his main rival, Jean-Pierre Fabre. Voting went on peacefully and the election was declared credible and transparent by the UN. However, only 60.9 % of registered voters participated in the poll, against 63.6% respectively in 2005 and 64.68% in 2010. The election results of 2010 and 2015 are almost the same. President Faure maintains his score (he obtained 60.88 % of the vote in 2010) and that of his main rival is similar (33.93 % in 2010).
The geographic distribution of votes is also very similar. As in 2010, the densely populated and predominantly urban south voted for the opposition while the rest of the country generally remained loyal to the outgoing president.

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> also read: Togo, an unchanging electroal geography, by Laurent Bossard, published in Le Monde Afrique, 11 May 2015

 

Maps & Facts

Drawing on data produced within WAF 2011-12: Settlement, Market & Food Security, this interactive tool allows users to map, graph and compare 40 indicators for 17 West African countries and eight sub-regional groupings.

We publish every week a new map within our "Maps & Facts" series.





10 April 2015 

On 28-29 March 2015, Africa’s most populous country and number 1 economy organises peaceful elections, which were internationally recognised as “free and fair” and led to the first democratic transition in Nigeria’s history. The election results seem to show that the role of ethnic, religious and geographic factors is gradually shrinking. The 2015 results map indicating the winning parties by state illustrates that the North-South divide is less marked than in the 2011 elections when President Jonathan won with a comfortable majority against Buhari. These results must be nuanced and interpreted against the backdrop of a very low voter turnout (43.6%). The PDP results map reveals that even during the 2011 elections the presumed North-South divide appears to be less strong in reality. President Jonathan was able to gather wide support across the nation. He won between 30 to 50% of votes in six northern states, notably in the populous state of Kaduna where the PDP garnered the support of 1.19 million people (46.3% of votes). 

According to the UN, the Western Sahara is home to some 515 000 inhabitants in 2010, with a surface area of 266 000 km². While the area mainly consists of desert flatlands, its 1 200 km long coastline is one of the world’s richest fishing areas. Since the end of Spanish colonisation in 1975, Morocco has laid claim to this territory, the majority of which forms what Rabat calls its “southern provinces”. Algeria supports the Polisario Front, which declared the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in 1976. While recognised as a member of the African Union, the SADR is for the UN a “non-self-governing territory”. It is today recognised by 39 countries including 12 African countries. However, no European country or member of the UN Security Council has recognised SADR’s sovereignty. > Western Sahara
  The pre-colonial kingdoms of the Sahel did not all exist at the same time. Yet they are all empires combining a sedentary “centre” with routes radiating outward. These routes and the agglomerations at their crossroads foreshadowed the region’s current spatial organisation. > Sahara-Sahel empires and their routes
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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