The May 20 general elections will mark the first time Malawi has ever held tripartite elections. The country will vote for the next President, parliamentarians and local councilors.
This election carries special significance given the unexpected death of Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012, and the appointment of Vice President Joyce Banda to the presidency. Banda became Africa’s second sitting female President.
To help you understand these elections, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Malawi: 2014 General Elections. IFES FAQs include:
What are the main challenges facing the upcoming election?
Are there reserved seats for women in the National Assembly? What is the gender balance?
What are the political finance regulations in Malawi?
What are Malawi’s treaty obligations related to holding democratic elections?
Download IFES' FAQs on Elections in Malawi: 2014 General Elections.
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