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Malawi elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. The president and the vice-president are elected on one ballot for a five-year term by the people. A simple plurality is required to win; there is no provision for a runoff election. The National Assembly has 194 members, elected for a five-year term in single-seat constituencies. Malawi is a multi-party system, which means that there are multiple parties as well as a number of independent politicians who do not formally associate with any party.
Malawian citizens who are 18 or over are entitled to vote. Foreign nationals who have lived in Malawi for 7 years can also vote.
Summary of the 19 May 2009 Malawian presidential election results
|Bingu wa Mutharika
||Democratic Progressive Party
||Malawi Congress Party
||People's Transformation Party
||New Rainbow Coalition
|James Mbowe Nyondo
|Dindi Gowa Nyasulu
||Alliance for Democracy
|Total (turnout %)
The next Malawian general elections will be on May 20, 2014 in Malawi. This will also be tripartite elections, including for the first time ever, elections for local democracy.