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The Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Elections in Malawi, May 2014

Patel, Nandini and Wahman, Michael LU (2015) In Africa Spectrum 50(1). p.79-92
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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parliament and local councils. The elections were remarkable for<br/><br>
several reasons, seen from both an African and a Malawian perspective.<br/><br>
Despite an uneven electoral playing field, the elections were highly competitive,<br/><br>
ultimately leading to the country’s second turnover of power when<br/><br>
opposition challenger Peter Mutharika defeated the incumbent president,<br/><br>
Joyce Banda. The electoral results also show a return to regionalistic voting<br/><br>
patterns and a continuing weakening of political parties, as independent<br/><br>
candidates emerged as the largest group in parliament. Although the results<br/><br>
were generally credible, the election remains controversial. Several stakeholders<br/><br>
questioned the general integrity of the process, and significant<br/><br>
logistical problems on election day might have harmed public trust in the<br/><br>
electoral authorities.},
  author       = {Patel, Nandini and Wahman, Michael},
  issn         = {1868-6869},
  keyword      = {Malawi,political systems,elections/voting,voting results},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {79--92},
  publisher    = {GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies},
  series       = {Africa Spectrum},
  title        = {The Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Elections in Malawi, May 2014},
  volume       = {50},
  year         = {2015},
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