African Elections Database

Research project

The purpose of the African Elections Database (AED) is to provide a comprehensive archive of past and present election results for the 48 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. The database, which was launched in 2004, provides election results alongside data on political rights and civil liberties, human rights practises, press freedom, and corruption.


African Elections Database

African Elections Database


African Elections Database


On-screen tables




48 countries

Last reviewed


Data types and sources

AED contains aggregated election data. Also available are data on human rights (US State Department), corruption (Transperency International), and political rights, civil liberties and press freedom (The Freedom House).

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African Elections Database


The AED provides election data on 48 sub-Saharan countries, from 1990 to 2008. Each country's election page starts with a political profile. The political profile gives an overview of the political leadership and a brief history of the political situation in the country since its independence. A list of political parties (sorted alphabetically by acronym) and coalitions are found at the end of the political profile.

Geographical coverage

The database contains data for 48 sub-Saharan countries.

Time coverage and updates

The database covers elections since 1990 and is updated regularly.


General sources are available but country-specific sources are not listed.

Access conditions and cost

Available free of charge.

Access procedures

Predefined tables.

Data formats

On-screen tables.

Comparability and data quality

The main strength of AED is that it provides aggregated election data for the sub-Saharan countries. For different reasons, aggregated election data on this region do not flourish. This also implies that the data are difficult to cross-check. The qualities of the data are ensured by the extensive use of sources (see homepage).