2020 Malawian presidential election

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2020 Malawian general election

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  Arthur Peter Mutharika 2014 (cropped).jpg Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of Malawi 2017 (cropped).jpg
Nominee Peter Mutharika Lazarus Chakwera Saulos Chilima
Running mate Everton Chimulirenji Sidik Mia Michael Usi

President before election

Peter Mutharika



Presidential elections in Malawi will be held on 23 June 2020, having originally been scheduled for 19 May and later 2 July.[1][2] They follow the annulment of the results of the 2019 presidential elections.


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 presidential election was challenged in court by Chakwera and Chilima, and in February 2020 the Constitutional Court annulled the presidential election results, citing evidence of irregularities, and ordered fresh elections be held within 150 days.[3]

Parliament passed the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act (PPEA) Amendment Bill on 24 February, setting 19 May as the date for the new presidential elections and extending the terms of MPs and local councillors by one year to allow for harmonised presidential, parliamentary and local elections in 2025.[2] In March the Malawi Electoral Commission announced a new election date, 2 July, one day before the 150 day limit to hold elections set by the Constitutional Court.[4] On 21 May the Legal Affairs committee of parliament endorsed for fresh presidential elections to be held on 23 June rather than 2 July.[5]


Peter Mutharika filed his nomination on 7 May 2020, with Atupele Muluzi as his running mate.[6]

Electoral system[edit]

As a result of the Constitutional Court ruling, the President of Malawi will be elected using the two-round system,[3] replacing the former first-past-the-post system used in 2019.[7]


Candidate Party Votes %
Peter Mutharika Democratic Progressive Party
Lazarus Chakwera Malawi Congress Party
Peter Kuwani Mbakuwaku Movement for Development
Invalid/blank votes
Total 100
Registered voters/turnout


  1. ^ "Not May 19, Malawi fresh elections slated for July 2-MEC". Nyasa Times. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b Nyale, Enelless (25 February 2020). "Elections May 19". The Nation Malawi.
  3. ^ a b Chitete, Suzgo (4 February 2020). "Malawi top court annuls presidential election results". Al Jazeera.
  4. ^ "2020 presidential elections to be held on July 2". Malawi24. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. ^ "June 23 for Malawi fresh presidential election endorsed by Parliamentary Committee". Nyasa Times. 21 May 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Malawi president files for election rerun with ex-leader's son". Al Jazeera English. May 7, 2020. Mutharika, 79, filed his nomination papers on Thursday for the July 2 rerun alongside his new running mate Atupele Muluzi, the 41-year old son of former President Bakili Muluzi, who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 1999.
  7. ^ Republic of Malawi: Election for President IFES