Comorian presidential election, 2010

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Comorian presidential election, 2010
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  Ikililou Dhoinine 2012.jpg
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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Presidential elections were held in the Comoros on 7 November 2010, with a second round on 26 December,[1] alongside gubernatorial elections for the three main islands.[2] The result was a victory for Ikililou Dhoinine, who received 61% of the vote.


There had been an attempt to delay the elections until 27 November 2011 and extend the presidential term until then.[3] However, the Constitutional Court ruled this unconstitutional in May 2010.[4]

Electoral system[edit]

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 was from Anjouan, and was thus not able to stand as a candidate.

The president was elected in two rounds; in the first round, voters in Mohéli voted in a primary election, with the top three candidates advancing to the second round, where a nationwide vote was carried out, with the winner decided by plurality voting.


There were ten candidates in the presidential primary election. President Sambi supported his 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 Saïd Ahmed, the sole female candidate.[7]


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.[8] This meant that, besides Dhoinine and Fazul, Abdou Djabir advanced to the second round.

Candidate Mohéli primary National election
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 Tarmidi 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 Saïd Ahmed 63 0.47
Invalid/blank votes 391 13,812
Total 14,378 100 195,867 100
Registered voters/turnout 21,429 67.10 384,358 51.00
Source: Adam Carr


  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" (PDF) (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.