2020 Malawian general election

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2020 Malawian general election

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President before election

Peter Mutharika
DPP

President

TBD

General elections are scheduled to be held in Malawi by 2 July 2020. They follow the annulment of the results of the 2019 general elections.

Background[edit]

In the May 2019 general elections, incumbent President Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was re-elected with 39% of the vote, defeating Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (35%) and Saulos Chilima of the United Transformation Movement (20%). The DPP also remained the largest party in the National Assembly, winning 62 of the 193 seats. However, the results were challenged in court by Chakwera and Chilima, and in February 2020 the Constitutional Court annulled the election results, citing widespread irregularities, and ordered fresh elections be held within 150 days.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

As a result of the Constitutional Court ruling, the President of Malawi will be elected using the two-round system,[1] replacing the former first-past-the-post system used in 2019.[2] The 193 members of the National Assembly are elected by first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chitete, Suzgo (4 February 2020). "Malawi top court annuls presidential election results". Al Jazeera.
  2. ^ Republic of Malawi: Election for President IFES
  3. ^ Electoral system IPU