2002 Malian presidential election
Presidential elections were held in Mali on 28 April 2002, with a run-off on 12 May. The previous president, Alpha Oumar Konaré, stood down after 10 years in office, having been term limited by the Malian constitution to two terms. Amadou Toumani Touré won the election with 65% of the vote in the second round.
Twenty-four candidates were certified by the Constitutional Court and stood in the election. Only one candidate, a woman who would have been the country's first female presidential candidate if she had been allowed to run, was prevented from standing for election after failing to provide the deposit of approximately $7,000.
In order to register to contest the elections, candidates had to provide a deposit of approximately $7,000. This was returned if the candidate won over 5% of the vote in the first round. Each candidate was entitled to have a representative at each of the 12,400 polling booths.
The election was held using the two-round system, with a second round held as none of the candidates received over 50% of the vote in the first round.
Overall, international observers said the election was well managed and transparent; however, there were many procedural irregularities. After the first round of voting, the Constitutional Court cancelled over 500,000 of the ballots due to problems such as unregistered voters and missing election reports.
|Candidate||Party||First round||Second round|
|Amadou Toumani Touré||Independent||449,176||28.71||926,243||65.01|
|Soumaïla Cissé||Alliance for Democracy in Mali||333,525||21.31||498,503||34.99|
|Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta||Rally for Mali||329,143||21.03|
|Tiébilé Dramé||Party for National Rebirth||62,493||3.99|
|Mountaga Tall||National Congress for Democratic Initiative||58,695||3.75|
|Moussa Balla Coulibaly||Union for Democracy and Development||50,211||3.21|
|Choguel Kokalla Maïga||Patriotic Movement for Renewal||42,469||2.71|
|Mamadou Blaise Sangaré||Social Democratic Convention||34,603||2.21|
|Mandé Sidibé||Alliance for Democracy in Mali||31,359||2.01|
|Ahmed El Madani Diallo||Alliance for Democracy in Mali||25,584||1.63|
|Daba Diawara||Party for Independence, Democracy and Solidarity||17,156||1.10|
|Oumar Mariko||African Solidarity for Democracy and Independence||13,718||0.88|
|Madiassa Maguiraga||Popular Party for Progress||12,548||0.80|
|Youssouf Hassan Diallo||Independent||12,455||0.80|
|Modibo Sangaré||National Union for Rebirth||11,667||0.75|
|Mamadou Gakou||Convention for Progress and the People||11,505||0.74|
|Mady Konaté||Party for Democracy and Progress||11,302||0.72|
|Modibo Kane Kida||Movement of the Free, United and Combined Populations||9,722||0.62|
|Mamadou Diaby||Party for Unity, Democracy and Progress||9,101||0.57|
|Almamy Sylla||Rally for Democracy and Progress||8,851||0.57|
|Ibrahim Diakité||National Front for Renewal and the Protection of Territorial Integrity||6,899||0.44|
|Abdoulaye Sogolomba Konaté||Independent||6,771||0.43|
|Source: African Elections Database|
- Mali counts the cost of democracy BBC News, 25 April 2002
- Interim statement by the Carter Center on Mali's presidential elections, April 28, 2002 Carter Center
- Freedom in the World - Mali (2005) Freedom House
- Regional results of second round Electoral Geography
- Post-election Statement on Mali Elections, June 7, 2002 Carter Center
- Provisional results