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.

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  Amadou Toure cropped.jpg Soumaïla Cissé 2013 Portrait.jpg
Nominee Amadou Toumani Touré Soumaïla Cissé
Party Independent ADEMA-PASJ
Popular vote 926,243 498,503
Percentage 65.01% 34.99%

President before election

Alpha Oumar Konaré


Amadou Toumani Touré


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.[1]

Electoral systemEdit

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;[2][3] 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.[3]


Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
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
Habibou Dembélé Independent 7,964 0.51
Sanoussi Nanacassé Independent 7,829 0.50
Ibrahim Diakité National Front for Renewal and the Protection of Territorial Integrity 6,899 0.44
Abdoulaye Sogolomba Konaté Independent 6,771 0.43
Invalid/blank votes 636,378 298,464
Total 2,201,154 100 1,723,210 100
Registered voters/turnout 5,746,202 38.31 5,746,202 29.99
Source: African Elections Database


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