2019 Malawian general election

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2019 Malawian general election

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MCP President Prof Dr. Lazarus Chakwela, holding Clay Carvings. July 2018.jpg
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Nominee Peter Mutharika Lazarus Chakwera Saulos Chilima
Running mate Sidik Mia
Popular vote 1,436,877 1,257,853 651,124
Percentage 40.49% 35.44% 18.35%

President before election

Peter Mutharika



General elections were held in Malawi on 21 May 2019 to elect the President, National Assembly and local government councillors.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

The 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.[2] The 193 members of the National Assembly are also elected by first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies.[3]

Presidential candidates[edit]

A total of ten candidates registered to contest the elections;[4] Incumbent President Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will run for a second term in office.[5] Vice-President Saulos Chilima will also contest the election as the United Transformation Movement (UTM) candidate, having left the DPP in 2018.[6] The other candidates include Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi Congress Party), Atupele Muluzi (United Democratic Front).

Former president Joyce Banda (People's Party) had originally planned to run for the presidency, but withdrew her candidacy two months before the election;[7] she later endorsed opposition candidate Lazarus Chakwera.[8][9] Ras Chikomeni Chirwa was disqualified due to lack of funds and failing to collect enough signatures.[10]

Preliminary results[edit]


Candidate Party Votes %
Peter Mutharika Democratic Progressive Party 1,436,877 40.49
Lazarus Chakwera Malawi Congress Party 1,257,853 35.44
Saulos Chilima United Transformation Movement 651,124 18.35
Atupele Muluzi United Democratic Front 161,499 4.55
Peter Kuwani Mbakuwaku Movement for Development 15,418 0.44
John Eugenes Chisi Umodzi Party 14,288 0.40
Hadwick Kaliya Independent 11,789 0.33
Invalid/blank votes 52,690
Total 3,601,538 100
Registered voters/turnout 6,859,570
Source: MEC (3,792 of 5,002 polling stations reporting)

National Assembly[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Democratic Progressive Party
Malawi Congress Party
United Transformation Movement New
Invalid/blank Votes
Total 100 193 -
Registered voters/turnout 6,859,570
Source: MEC

Local elections[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Democratic Progressive Party
Malawi Congress Party
United Transformation Movement New
Independents New
Invalid/blank Votes
Total 100
Registered voters/turnout 6,859,570
Source: MEC


  1. ^ MEC announces Malawi tripartite election date: May 21 2019 Nyasa Times, 21 February 2018
  2. ^ Republic of Malawi: Election for President IFES
  3. ^ Electoral system IPU
  4. ^ 10 to contest for presidency in Malawi May polls Xinhua, 9 February 2019
  5. ^ Malawi's Mutharika Insists He Will Seek Final Presidential Term in 2019 Nyasa Times, 16 May 2018
  6. ^ Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima turns opposition candidate in race for polls in May Gulf Times, 14 January 2019
  7. ^ Ex-president Banda pulls out of Malawi presidential race Reuters, 14 March 2019
  8. ^ "Joyce Banda Withdraws from Malawi Presidential Race". VOA. 15 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Malawi ex-leader Banda seals another opposition pact". AFP via Eyewitness News South Africa. 18 March 2019.
  10. ^ Ras Chikomeni pursuing case to be on ballot: Judge refuses injunction ex-parte Nyasa Times, 9 February 2019