Comorian presidential election, 2010

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Comorian presidential election, 2010
2006 ←
7 November & 26 December 2010 → 2014
Nominee Ikililou Dhoinine Mohamed Said Fazul Abdou Djabir
Popular vote 111,279 59,437 11,339
Percentage 61.12% 32.65% 6.23%

President before election

Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi

Elected President

Ikililou Dhoinine

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The 2010 presidential election in Comoros was held on 7 November, with a second round on 26 December.[1] Gubernatorial elections for each of the three main islands of Comoros were held on the same dates.[2] There had been an attempt to hold them on 27 November 2011 and extend the presidential term until then,[3] but the Constitutional Court ruled this unconstitutional in May 2010.[4]


In Comoros, the presidency rotates every four years between the federation's three constituent islands: Anjouan, Mohéli and Grande Comore. This rotation was Mohéli's turn to supply the president.[5] Incumbent President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi is from Anjouan, and was thus not able to stand as a candidate.

The president is elected in two rounds: in the first round, voters in Mohéli vote in a primary election, and the top-three from that primary advances to the second round, where voters from all islands elect the president, who needs a plurality of votes to win.[citation needed]


There were ten candidates in the presidential primary election. President Sambi supported current Vice President Ikililou Dhoinine. Another candidate from the Presidential movement was Mohamed Larifou Oukacha, secretary-general of the presidency, showing a possible split in the Presidential faction. The other eight candidates were from the opposition.[6] Among them were Mohamed Said Fazul, former governor of Mohéli, and Zahariat Said Ahmed, the sole female candidate.[7]


First round[edit]

Ikililou Dhoinine, Mohamed Said Fazul and Bianrifi Tarmidhi received the most votes in the first round primary. However, Tarmidhi's total number of votes was cut down on 13 November by the constitutional court after it had decided to invalidate the ballots from several polling stations.[why?][8] This meant that, besides Dhoinine and Fazul, Abdou Djabir advanced to the second round.

Second round[edit]

e • d Summary of the 7 November and 26 December 2010 Comorian presidential election results
Candidates Mohéli primary 2nd round
Votes % Votes %
Ikililou Dhoinine 3,785 28.19 111,279 61.12
Mohamed Said Fazul 3,080 22.94 59,437 32.65
Abdou Djabir 1,327 9.88 11,339 6.23
Bianrifi Tarmidhi 1,250 9.31  
Saïd Dhoifir Bounou 1,154 8.59
Hamada Madi Bolero 1,060 7.89
Mohamed Larifou Oukacha 977 7.28
Mohamed Hassanaly 523 3.90
Abdoulhakim Ben Allaoui 208 1.55
Zahariat Said Ahmed 63 0.47
Total votes for candidates 13,427 100.00 182,055 100.00
Blank and null votes 391 13,812
Total valid votes 13,818 195,867
Invalid votes 564
Total votes cast 14,382 195,867
Electorate and turnout 21,429 67.10 384,358 50.96
Sources: Courrier International Al Watwan


  1. ^ "Comoros leaders agree to poll timetable | Top News | Reuters". 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  2. ^ "Élection des présidentielles de l’Union et des gouverneurs des îles : les bureaux ouverts avec des légers retards" (in French). Moroni: Al Watwan. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Comoros to hold elections in November 2011 - People's Daily Online". 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Comoros election talks fail: News24: Africa: News". News24. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  5. ^ Comoros: Government Global Edge
  6. ^ Ahmed, M. Soilihi (14 September 2010). "Elections harmonisées : 10 prétendants au siège de président et 29 aux postes de gouverneur" (in French). Al Watwan. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Fin de la campagne. Les candidats et leurs états majors se reposent en attendant le jour “J”" (in French). Al Watwan. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Publication des résultats définitifs: La cour constitutionnelle rétrograde Bianrifi au profit du candidat Djabir" (in French). La Gazette des Comores. 13 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010.