Malawian general election, 2004

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General elections was held in Malawi on 20 May 2004 to elect a President and the National Assembly. The election had originally been scheduled for 18 May but was postponed for two days in response to opposition complaints of irregularities in the voter roll.[1] By 22 May no results had been announced, leading to protests from the opposition and threats of disorder. On 25 May the Malawi Electoral Commission finally announced the results of the election. Bingu wa Mutharika, the candidate of the ruling United Democratic Front, was declared the winner of the presidential poll, whilst the Malawi Congress Party had won most seats in the National Assembly vote. Voter turnout was around 62%.[2]

Candidates[edit]

There were five candidates for the presidential election;

Results[edit]

Presidential election[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Bingu wa Mutharika United Democratic Front 1,119,738 35.9
John Tembo Malawi Congress Party 846,457 27.1
Gwanda Chakuamba Mgwirizano Coalition 802,386 25.7
Brown Mpinganjira National Democratic Alliance 272,172 8.7
Justin Malewezi People's Progressive Movement 78,892 2.5
Invalid/blank votes 86,218 -
Total 3,205,863 100
Source: EISA

National Assembly election[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Malawi Congress Party 785,671 24.85 57
United Democratic Front 801,200 25.34 49
Independents 766,137 24.23 40
Republican Party ¹ 231,002 7.31 15
National Democratic Alliance 256,713 8.12 9
Alliance for Democracy 114,017 3.61 6
People's Progressive Movement ¹ 98,548 3.12 6
Movement for Genuine Democratic Change ¹ 53,127 1.68 3
People's Transformation Party ¹ 21,153 0.67 1
Congress for National Unity 7,410 0.23 1
Others 26,609 0.84 0
Total 3,161,587 100 187
Source: EISA

¹ These parties formed the Mgwirizano Coalition, which also included the Malawi Forum for Unity and Development, the National Unity Party and the Malawi Democratic Party.

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