afrol News, 13 January - Ikililou Dhoinine today was confirmed by the Constitutional Court as the rightful winner of the Comoros presidential election in December. The court turned down a massively documented complaint from the opposition.
The Comoran Presidency, still lead by outgoing President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, today announced that the country's Constitutional Court had rejected the opposition's complaint against official result of the 26 December second presidential poll round.
The Court had come to the result that "Dr Ikililou Dhoinine is declared President-elect of the Comoros Union with 60.91 percent of the votes cast," according to the Presidency. It thereby confirmed the official results from the independent Comoran electoral commission.
Mr Dhoinine was the candidate supported by President Sambi. The President-elect has served as Mr Sambi's Vice President during the last few years, as the highest representative from one of Comoros' three autonomous islands; Moheli.
The opposition claimed widespread fraud, especially on the island of Anjouan, and presented a massively documented complaint at the Constitutional Court. The fraud allegations were supported by independent election observers, pointing to serious errors in the organisation of the elections and fraud in Anjouan.
The foreign election observers included groups from the African Union, Arab League and the Francophonie. Whil
Vice-President Ikililou Dhoinine voting during the first poll round in November
e the observers presented critical reports of the poll, they concluded that the overall result - including the victory of Mr Dhoinine - coincided with the desire of the Comoran people.
Mr Dhoinine will be the first Comoran President from the island of Moheli; the smallest in the union. In accordance with the complicated constitution of Comoros, the first election round in November was held only in Moheli, where three Mohelian candidates emerged. The second poll round in December was held all over the archipelago.
The Comoran constitution provides for a rotation of the Union presidency between the three islands. As the first Union President, according to this constitution, was from Grand Comore and outgoing President Sambi is from Anjouan, the turn had now come to Moheli.
Against the general expectations, Comoros thereby has been able to complete a circle of presidential rotation through relatively free elections. Before the ascent of President Sambi, power on Comoros never had been transferred democratically and peacefully since independence in 1975. The turnover of power to Mr Dhoinine therefore is a welcome proof of greater political stability in Comoros.
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