EleQta or the Reexamination of Elections Starting from the Practice in Africa: the Case of the Presidential Election in Congo-Brazzaville in 2016

Article by Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga and Pietro di Serego, published on Africana Studia n. 31 (2019).

This article presents the method applied within the research project “Re-examining elections after African experiences”: this project allowed to gather and analyze through the EleQta digital platform more than 5,000 pieces of information about elections held in 12 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa between 2015 and 2019. It will make use of the results of the enquiries conducted on the 2016 presidential elections in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) to describe the approach adopted and the fundamental assumptions of the project. Furthermore, it will defend the idea that the analysis of African electoral processes leads to re-define basic notions and to develop conceptual tools which can be applied to electoral processes in the West.