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The presidential, parliamentary andlocal elections in Malawi, May 2014

Patel, Nandini and Wahman, Michael (2015) The presidential, parliamentary andlocal elections in Malawi, May 2014. Africa Spectrum, 50 (1). pp. 79-92. ISSN 0002-0397

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On 20 May 2014, Malawi arranged tripartite elections for president, parliament and local councils. The elections were remarkable for several reasons, seen from both an African and a Malawian perspective. Despite an uneven electoral playing field, the elections were highly competitive, ultimately leading to the country’s second turnover of power when opposition challenger Peter Mutharika defeated the incumbent president, Joyce Banda. The electoral results also show a return to regionalistic voting patterns and a continuing weakening of political parties, as independent candidates emerged as the largest group in parliament. Although the results were generally credible, the election remains controversial. Several stakeholders questioned the general integrity of the process, and significant logistical problems on election day might have harmed public trust in the electoral authorities.

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Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2015 10:43
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2023 07:09

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