Comoros. As the constitution stipulates that the presidential post should rotate between the three largest islands, the first round of presidential elections was held only at Ngazidja (Grande Comore). In this first round, which took place in February, Vice President Mohamed Ali Soilihi got the most votes with Mouigni Baraka Said Soilihi, Governor of the Island, and former President Azali Assoumani in second and third place. These three went on to the second round of elections, in which all the voters in the country had the right to participate. A total of 19 out of 25 candidates appealed to the Constitutional Court with complaints of irregularities but the court approved the election.
According to countryaah, the current population of Comoros is 869,612. The election day in April was tense and in its turn violent, especially at Nzwani (Anjouan). Here, the election was forced in some constituencies because about 6,000 people were prevented from voting. However, according to thereligionfaqs, the Comoros re-election in May did not change the fact that Assoumani took a tight victory with 41% of the vote against 40% for Mohamed Ali Soilihi. The then commander-in-chief Azali Assoumani took power in a bloodless coup in 1999, was elected president in 2002 and resigned before the 2006 election.