2019 Malawian general election Registered 6,859,570 Reporting as of 13:45 UTC
General elections were held in Malawi on 21 May 2019 to elect the President, National Assembly and local government councillors.
Electoral system [ edit ]
President of Malawi is elected using the first-past-the-post system; the candidate that receives the most votes is the winner of the election. The 193 members of the  National Assembly are also elected by first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies.
Presidential candidates [ edit ]
A total of ten candidates registered to contest the elections;
Incumbent President  Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will run for a second term in office. Vice-President  Saulos Chilima will also contest the election as the United Transformation Movement (UTM) candidate, having left the DPP in 2018. The other candidates include  Lazarus Chakwera ( Malawi Congress Party), Atupele Muluzi ( United Democratic Front).
Joyce Banda ( People's Party) had originally planned to run for the presidency, but withdrew her candidacy two months before the election; she later endorsed opposition candidate Lazarus Chakwera.    Ras Chikomeni Chirwa was disqualified due to lack of funds and failing to collect enough signatures.
Preliminary results [ edit ]
President [ edit ]
Democratic Progressive Party 1,436,877
Malawi Congress Party 1,257,853
United Transformation Movement 651,124
United Democratic Front 161,499
Mbakuwaku Movement for Development 15,418
John Eugenes Chisi
Umodzi Party 14,288
Source: MEC (3,792 of 5,002 polling stations reporting)
National Assembly [ edit ]
Local elections [ edit ]
References [ edit ]