March 24, 2019 Confirmed


Union of the Comoros

Election for President

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At Stake in this Election:

  • The office of the President of the Union of the Comoros

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Azali ASSOUMANI
  • Head of Government: President Azali ASSOUMANI
  • Assembly: Comoros has a unicameral Assembly of the Union with 33 seats.

Electoral System:

  • This election is the first since a referendum in 2018 that changed presidential elections and term limits. Under the new rules, the President is elected in two rounds by absolute majority vote to serve up to two five year terms. The office of the President rotates between Comoros’ three islands every ten years.
  • If no candidate wins over 50% of the vote in the first round, a run-off is held. In the first round, voters on the island vote for president; in the second, all three islands vote. This election will consist of candidates from Grand Comore Island.

Main Candidates in the Election:*

    • Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros / Convention pour le Renouveau des Comores (CRC)
  • Achmet Said MOHAMED
    • Independent
  • Ali MHADJI
    • Independent
  • Said Djaffar ELMACELY
    • Independent
  • Fahmi Said IBRAHIM
    • Independent
  • Hamidou KARIHILA
    • Independent
  • Hassani HAMADI
    • Independent
  • Ibrahim Ali MZIMBA
    • Independent
  • Mahamoud AHAMADA
    • Independent
  • Mohamed SOILIHI
    • Independent
  • Mouigni Baraka Said SOILIHI
    • Independent
  • Saïd LARIFOU
    • Independent
  • Salim SAADI
    • Independent

* Six candidates who registered for the election were not cleared to run by the Supreme Court. None of the remaining candidates is affiliated with a political party.

Population and Registered Voters:

  • Population: 850,910 (2019 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 301,006 (2018)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 421,691 (2019 est.)
  • Is Comoros a signatory to CEDAW: No
  • Has Comoros ratified CEDAW: No
  • Gender Quota: No
  • Female candidates in this election: No
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 2 (6.1%)
  • Human Development Index Position: 165
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

  • Is Comoros a signatory to CRPD: Yes (26 September 2007)
  • Has Comoros ratified CRPD: No
  • Population with a disability: 117,146 (est.)