Malawian general election, 2004

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General elections were held in Malawi on 20 May 2004 to elect a President and the National Assembly. The election had originally been scheduled for 18 May but was postponed for two days in response to opposition complaints of irregularities in the voter roll.[1] By 22 May no results had been announced, leading to protests from the opposition and threats of disorder. On 25 May the Malawi Electoral Commission finally announced the results of the election. Bingu wa Mutharika, the candidate of the ruling United Democratic Front, was declared the winner of the presidential poll, whilst the Malawi Congress Party had won most seats in the National Assembly vote. Voter turnout was around 62%.[2]

Campaign[edit]

President[edit]

There were five candidates for the presidential election:

National Assembly[edit]

A total of 1,268 candidates ran in the election of which 373 were independents and the rest representing fifteen parties.[3]

Seven parties contested the elections as the Mgwirizano Coalition; the Republican Party, the People's Progressive Movement, the Movement for Genuine Democratic Change, the People's Transformation Party, the Malawi Forum for Unity and Development, the National Unity Party and the Malawi Democratic Party.

Results[edit]

President[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Bingu wa Mutharika United Democratic Front 1,195,586 35.97
John Tembo Malawi Congress Party 937,965 28.22
Gwanda Chakuamba Mgwirizano Coalition 836,118 25.16
Brown Mpinganjira National Democratic Alliance 286,320 8.61
Justin Malewezi People's Progressive Movement 67,812 2.04
Invalid/blank votes 89,764
Total 3,413,565 100
Registered voters/turnout 5,752,028 59.35
Source: CMI

National Assembly[edit]

Polling in six constituencies was delayed due to printing errors on the ballot papers.[4]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
United Democratic Front 801,200 25.34 49 –44
Malawi Congress Party 785,671 24.85 57 –9
National Democratic Alliance 256,713 8.12 9 New
Republican Party 231,002 7.31 15 New
Alliance for Democracy 114,017 3.61 6 –23
People's Progressive Movement 98,548 3.12 6 New
Movement for Genuine Democratic Change 53,127 1.68 3 New
People's Transformation Party 21,153 0.67 1 New
Malawi Forum for Unity and Development 11,655 0.37 0 New
New Congress for Democracy 9,545 0.30 0 New
Congress for National Unity 7,410 0.23 1 New
Malawi Democratic Party 2,494 0.08 0 0
National Unity Party 2,336 0.07 0 New
Pamodzi Freedom Party 363 0.01 0 New
National Solidarity Movement 216 0.01 0 New
Independents 766,137 24.23 40 +36
Unfilled seats 6
Invalid/blank votes 167,376
Total 3,328,963 100 193 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,603,225 59.41
Source: MEC

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