Malawi Votes in Tightly Contested Polls

Malawians are voting in what promises to be the country's most contested elections with the opposition expected to benefit from President Joyce Banda's failure to deal with poverty and corruption.
  • Malawi:  Chaos Mars Start of Malawian 2014 Tripartite Poll

    Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 21 May 2014

    Late opening of polling stations, missing ballot papers and voters' registers characterised voting in Malawi today as voters queued-up to cast their ballots in Presidential, ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Voters Turn Out in Numbers to Elect New Govt

    Deutsche Welle, 20 May 2014

    Voters in Malawi have turned out in high numbers to elect a new president and parliament. Security forces were deployed to contain violence that broke out after delays in opening ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Chaos At Polling Stations in Blantyre As MEC Fails to Start in Time

    Malawi News Agency, 20 May 2014

    There was chaos at most Polling Stations in Blantyre as people had not yet started voting as late as 10:30 am due to inadequate materials at the centers. read more »

  • Malawi:  Ban Urges Candidates, Parties to Ensure Peaceful, Inclusive Elections in Malawi

    UN News Service, 20 May 2014

    Ahead of simultaneous presidential, parliamentary and local government elections in Malawi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all candidates political parties, ... read more »

  • Malawi:  President Faces 11 Rivals in Polls

    Deutsche Welle, 20 May 2014

    Malawians are voting in closely contested elections. Incumbent President Joyce Banda is facing fierce competition by several challengers in the first test of her popularity. read more »

  • Malawi:  JB Casts Vote in Domasi in Malawi's First Tripartite Elections

    Malawi News Agency, 20 May 2014

    President Dr Joyce Banda on Tuesday morning casted her vote at Malemia Primary School Polling Center, Group Village Headman Mtogolo at Domasi in Zomba in the historic 2014 ... read more »

  • Malawi:  MEC Attributes Voting Irregularities to Logistical Problems

    Malawi News Agency, 20 May 2014

    The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Tuesday attributed various irregularities that have locked the ongoing voting exercise to logistical problems. read more »

  • Malawi:  Mutharika Calls for Peace As He Casts His Vote

    Malawi News Agency, 2 May 2014

    Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Presidential candidate Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has called on Malawians to desist from violence as the country votes in the first ever ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Elections in Malawi - Joyce Banda Under Pressure

    Deutsche Welle, 19 May 2014

    Joyce Banda is seeking re-election as president of Malawi. The former model politician is under pressure because of a corruption scandal and the enormous poverty in the country. read more »

  • Malawi:  Nation Faces Highly Contested Polls

    Institute for Security Studies, 19 May 2014

    Tomorrow, 20 May 2014, Malawians head to the tripartite polls for what promises to be the country's most contested elections since the first multi-party elections were held in ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Election Support Body Highlights Poll Issues

    Malawi Electoral Support Network, 19 May 2014

    The Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) under the banner of the Malawi Election Information Centre (MEIC) would like to highlight a number of pertinent issues that could ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Elections 2014 Fact Sheet

    African Elections Project, 19 May 2014

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  • Malawi:  Parties Satisfied With Arrival of Ballot Papers

    Malawi News Agency, 17 May 2014

    People's Party (PP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) appreciated the arrival of ballot papers in Machinga, three days before the polling day. read more »

  • Malawi:  MEC Prints 24 Million Ballot Papers

    Malawi News Agency, 16 May 2014

    The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has printed around 24 million ballot papers basing on the preliminary registration figure of 7.5 million. MEC Chairperson, Justice Maxon ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Arrival Statement By Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Malawi

    Commonwealth News and Information Service, 16 May 2014

    Statement by: Former Botswana Vice-President Lt Gen (Retired) Mompati Merafhe read more »

  • Malawi:  MEC Refutes Rumours of Security Officers Voting Ahead of 20 May

    Malawi News Agency, 16 May 2014

    The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has refuted rumours circulating that officers of the Malawi Police Service and the Malawi Defence Forces have already voted. read more »

  • Malawi:  Elections 'Too Close to Call', Says Opinion Poll, 14 May 2014

    President Joyce Banda was not the front-running candidate in the run-up to this month's elections in Malawi, but the race was too close to call, according to a public opinion ... read more »


Photo: MESN

Supporters of different political parties mingle

  • Malawi:  Commonwealth to Observe Malawi Elections

    Commonwealth News and Information Service, 12 May 2014

    Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma announced today that the Commonwealth will observe elections in Malawi on 20 May. This follows an invitation from the Electoral ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Joyce Banda Seeks Another Mandate to Continue Developing Malawi

    Malawi News Agency, 1 May 2014

    Only a few days remaining to the May 20th Tripartite elections, State President Dr Joyce Banda has asked Malawians for another mandate to rule the nation for her to continue with ... read more »

  • Angola:  MPLA Delegation Expected in Malawi

    Angola Press Agency, 9 May 2014

    A Parliamentary delegation of the ruling MPLA party, led by MP Cristina Alves, left Friday for Malawi to attend, as observers, the elections in that south-eastern African country, ... read more »

  • Malawi:  A Prisoner's Vote Counts - CHREAA

    Malawi News Agency, 9 May 2014

    Convicts throughout the country will exercise their right to vote as free men come May 20th Tripartite Elections, thanks to Center for Human Rights, Education, Advice and ... read more »

  • Southern Africa:  SADC Parliamentary Forum Deploys 40 Election Observers to Malawi

    Malawi News Agency, 9 May 2014

    To ensure free and fair elections, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum (PF) has deployed a 40 member group to observe the May 20, tripartite and ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Presidential Debates Draw Mixed Reactions

    Malawi News Agency, 8 May 2014

    Barely a few days after the final Presidential Debate took place in Blantyre some quarters of society have come forward to criticize the debates in general while others are of the ... read more »

  • Malawi:  People's Party to Restructure the MHC to Enhance Efficiency

    Malawi News Agency, 1 May 2014

    : As a way of enhancing efficiency of the Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC), the ruling People 's Party is staged to restructure the corporation once voted into power in the ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Lilongwe Candidates, Communities Sign MoU

    Malawi News Agency, 1 May 2014

    Candidates for the four major political parties in the May 20 parliamentary and local government polls in Lilongwe South Constituency over the weekend signed a memorandum of ... read more »

  • Malawi:  President Banda Confident of New Mandate

    Malawi News Agency, 1 May 2014

    President Dr Joyce Banda on Friday told thousands of people who converged at Mdika Primary School ground in Dowa that she has no reason to rig elections because she has a solid ... read more »