Elections in Malawi

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Malawi elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. The president and the vice-president are elected on one ballot for a five-year term by the people. A simple plurality is required to win; there is no provision for a runoff election. The National Assembly has 194 members, elected for a five-year term in single-seat constituencies. Malawi is a multi-party system, which means that there are multiple parties as well as a number of independent politicians who do not formally associate with any party.

Malawian citizens who are 18 or over are entitled to vote. Foreign nationals who have lived in Malawi for 7 years can also vote.[1]

Latest elections[edit]

e • d Summary of the 19 May 2009 Malawian presidential election results
Candidates Parties Votes %
Bingu wa Mutharika Democratic Progressive Party 2,946,103 65.98
John Tembo Malawi Congress Party 1,370,044 30.69
Kamuzu Chibambo People's Transformation Party 35,167 0.79
Stanley Masauli Republican Party 33,887 0.76
Loveness Gondwe New Rainbow Coalition 32,160 0.72
James Mbowe Nyondo Independent 27,328 0.61
Dindi Gowa Nyasulu Alliance for Democracy 20,151 0.45
Total (turnout %) 4,464,840 100.00
Source: mec.org.mw
e • d Summary of the 19 May 2009 National Assembly of Malawi election results
Democratic Progressive Party 114
Malawi Congress Party 26
United Democratic Front 17
Alliance for Democracy 1
Maravi People's Party 1
Malawi Forum for Unity and Development 1
Independents 32
Vacant (death of candidate) 1
Total (turnout  %) 193
Source: IPU

Previous Elections[edit]



Upcoming Elections[edit]

The next Malawian general elections will be on May 20, 2014 in Malawi.[2] This will also be tripartite elections, including for the first time ever, elections for local democracy.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Malawi commences registration for 2014 tripartite elections". Nyasa Times. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 

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