2016 Comorian presidential election
Presidential elections were held in the Comoros on 21 February 2016, with a second round to be held on 10 April 2016, alongside elections for the Governors of the three islands. Azali Assoumani of the Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros was elected President with 41% of the vote.
The presidency of the Comoros rotates between the country's three main islands; Anjouan, Grande Comore and Mohéli. The 2006 elections were limited to candidates from Anjouan and the 2010 elections to Mohélian candidates. As a result, the 2016 elections will see presidential candidacy limited to Grande Comore residents.
A primary election took place on Grande Comore on 21 February, with the three top candidates progressing to the nationwide second round on 10 April, where a plurality determined the winner.
|Candidate||Party||Grande Comore primary||Second round|
|Mohamed Ali Soilihi||Union for the Development of the Comoros||19,541||17.61||77,736||39.66|
|Mouigni Baraka||Democratic Rally of the Comoros||16,738||15.09||37,073||18.91|
|Azali Assoumani||Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros||16,596||14.96||81,214||41.43|
|Fahmi Said Ibrahim||Independent||16,034||14.45|
|Larifou Said||Rally for a Development Initiative with an Enlightened Youth||6,795||6.12|
|Mohamed Daoudou||Orange Party||4,662||4.20|
|Said Hachim Achiraffi||Convention for Democratic Alternation and Mutual Interaction||3,229||2.91|
|Salimou Mohamed Amiri||Independent||1,938||1.75|
|Nassor Mohamed Ali||Independent||1,901||1.71|
|Mzé Abdou Soulé El-Back||Social Democrat Party of the Comoros–Dudja||1,767||1.59|
|Said Ali Kemal Ed-Dine||1,570||1.42|
|Abdouloihabi Mohamed||Political Alliance for the Safeguarding of Institutions||1,377||1.24|
|Ibrahima Hissani Mfoihaya||Alliance of Progressive Forces for Change||1,366||1.23|
|Allaoui Said Haimdou||Ulezi||1,055||0.95|
|Cheikh Ahmed Said Abdourahmane||Movement for the Development of the Comoros||767||0.69|
|Youssouf Abdou Moinaecha||Independent||735||0.66|
|Said Ahmed Said Ali||Comorian Union for Progress||573||0.52|
|Youssouf Said Mahazi||Independent||552||0.50|
|Mohamed Mohamed Ali Dia||Komor Ya Leo Na Messo||535||0.48|
|Maecha Mtara||National Rally for Development–Renewal||455||0.41|
|Mahamoud Ahmed Wadaane||RIFAID||443||0.40|
|Source: Comores Infos (first round, second round)|
- Mohamed Ali Soilihi, presidential candidate from the Union for the Development of the Comoros and former vice president of Comoros, rejected the results. Ali Soilihi alleged that the released results by the Independent National Electoral Commission is only partial and that the margin is too small for them to declare the results.
- African Union: The African Union observers headed by Moncef Marzouki declared the elections to be free and transparent and was conducted in a peaceful manner.
- Arab League: The Arab league declared the first round of elections free and fair.
- European Union: Prior to the election the European Union help fund and train Independent National Electoral Commission to help them conduct free and fair elections. Though the EU did not send an observer mission to the isles, the International Francophonie Organization based in France sent an observer team. The organization commended both the people and the authorities that held the elections in a peaceful and orderly process.
- United Nations: The UN Secretary general Ban Ki-moon commended the people for conducting the elections peacefully and requested that all members of the election resolve their issues in a peaceful and legal manner.
After the provisional results were released, Mohamed Ali Soilihi refused to accept his defeat by Azali Assoumani and claimed that not all the results from Anjouan had been properly released and the margin was too narrow for CENI to declare a winner. The Constitutional Court ordered a partial re-run to be held in 13 constituencies by 15 May.
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