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Malawi

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National Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
21.05.2019
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
20.03.2019
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.05.2024
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
193
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,329
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
1,034
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
295
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
22.2%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
13

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
6,859,570

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Peter Mutharika’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) remained the largest party, taking 62 seats in the 193-member National Assembly. It took seven more seats than the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), led by Mr. Lazarus Chakwera. In all, 44 women were elected in 2019, up from 32 elected in 2014. In the presidential elections, held in parallel with the parliamentary polls, the incumbent President Mutharika was declared re-elected after a partial vote recount ordered by the High Court (see note). He narrowly defeated Mr. Chakwera (MCP). On 28 May, Mr. Mutharika was sworn in for a second term. Mr. Chakwera (MCP) took up his parliamentary seat. On 18 June, the newly elected National Assembly elected Ms. Catherine Gotani Hara (MCP) as its Speaker, who thereby became the first woman in Malawi to assume the post. The 2019 elections were the first to be held after Cyclone Idai hit Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in March, affecting nearly 3 million people and killing more than 1,000. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on the economy, promising to alleviate poverty and tackle corruption and unemployment. They also promised to develop agriculture to ensure food security. Note: The MCP and the United Transformation Movement (UTM) of Vice-President Saulos Chilima accused the Election Commission of vote rigging, an allegation that it denied. The MCP petitioned the High Court to nullify the presidential election results. The High Court subsequently ordered a partial election recount and issued an injunction preventing the Election Commission from announcing the presidential election results. On 27 May, after the High Court lifted the injunction, the Election Commission declared Mr. Mutharika winner of the presidential elections.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
6
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
46.15%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
32.12%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 62
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) 55
United Democratic Front (UDF) 10
People's Party (PP) 5
United Transformation Movement (UTM) 4
Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) 1
Independents 55
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
148
Number of women elected
44
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
22.8%
Other notes
The distribution of seats above refers to 192 seats. Elections did not take place in one constituency due to the death of one of the candidates.
Sources
Electoral Commission (25.05.2019, 01.06.2019, 14.06.2019) https://www.mec.org.mw AFP BBC Monitoring www.times.mw africanews.com MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY MANIFESTO 2019-2024
Women Directly Elected
44

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
148
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
44
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
19.06.2019
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Catherine Gotani Hara (Female)
Political party
Malawi Congress Party (MCP)
Date of election
19.06.2019