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 193 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]

2019 Malawian general election

2020 Malawian general election

2014 Elections[edit]

President[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Peter Mutharika Democratic Progressive Party 1,904,399 36.4
Lazarus Chakwera Malawi Congress Party 1,455,880 27.8
Joyce Banda People's Party 1,056,236 20.2
Atupele Muluzi United Democratic Front 717,224 13.7
Kamuzu Chibambo People's Transformation Party 19,360 0.4
Mark Katsonga Progressive Party Movement 15,830 0.3
John Chisi Umodzi Party 12,048 0.2
George Nnesa Tisinthe Alliance 11,042 0.2
James Nyondo National Salvation Front 10,623 0.2
Hellen Singh United Independent Party 9,668 0.2
Friday Jumbe Labour Party 8,819 0.2
Davis Katsonga Chipani cha Pfuko 7,454 0.1
Invalid/blank votes 56,695
Total 5,285,278 100
Registered voters/turnout 7,470,806 70.7
Source: MEC

National Assembly[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Democratic Progressive Party 1,133,402 21.98 51 –63
People's Party 935,994 18.15 26 New
Malawi Congress Party 895,659 17.37 48 +22
United Democratic Front 496,765 9.63 14 –3
Progressive Party Movement 33,817 0.66 0 0
Alliance for Democracy 31,907 0.62 1 0
United Independent Party 24,132 0.47 0 New
National Salvation Front 19,616 0.38 0 New
Nthanda Congress Party 16,497 0.32 0 New
New Rainbow Coalition 14,091 0.27 0 0
Chipani cha Pfuko 10,545 0.20 1 New
New Labour Party 4,473 0.09 0 New
Umodzi Party 3,145 0.06 0 New
Malawi Forum for Unity and Development 2,814 0.05 0 –1
People's Transformation Party 2,746 0.05 0 0
Maravi People's Party 733 0.01 0 –1
People's Democratic Movement 471 0.01 0 New
Independents 1,530,485 29.68 52 +20
Invalid/blank votes 74,889
Total 5,232,181 100 193
Registered voters/turnout 7,448,247 70.25
Source: MEC, MEC

Previous Elections[edit]

Referendums[edit]

Elections[edit]

Upcoming Elections[edit]

On 3 February 2020, the Constitutional Court of Malawi's judges arrived in Lilongwe to read the disputed presidential election results judgement after travelling in a military vehicle with a heavy police escort. The judges took turns to read the 500-page decision over more than seven hours.[2] The ruling nullified the results of the elections, concluding they had been rigged and not free and fair. The judgement cited rampant cheating, tampering of results and numerous other malpractices. Mutharika was declared not duly elected and thus no longer President. All MPs and councillors were also removed from office. The judges ordered fresh elections be held within 150 days.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Malawi anxiously awaits verdict on alleged presidential election fraud". rfi.fr. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Malawi top court annuls presidential election results". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 3 February 2020.

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