Mali held a presidential election in 2002 to choose the President of Mali. The first round was held on 28 April 2002 and the second round was held on 12 May. Amadou Toumani Touré won the election with 64% of the vote in the second round.
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.
In order to become a candidate for the election a candidate 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.
A second round was held as none of the candidates received over 50% of the vote.
Overall, international observers said the election was well managed and transparent; 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.
There were 5,746,202 registered voters at the time of the election. 2,201,154 of them voted in the first round; 95,359 votes were deemed invalid, and 541,019 votes were nullified by the Constitutional Court, leaving the number of valid votes at 1,564,776. Voter turnout in the first round was placed at 38.31%.
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