Today Malawi goes to the polls to elect a new president and 193 members of parliament. About 6,859,570 people registered to vote. The 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term. Mutharika is in a close race against his former vice-president, 46-year-old Saulos Chilima, and the leader of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party, Lazarus Chakwera, 64. Malawi's army and police will provide security at polling stations for the 6 million registered voters. Saulos Chilima quit the ruling party in 2018 and is now racing against his boss.
Under Malawi's electoral system, the president and vice president are elected on one ballot, making it impossible for the head of state to fire his deputy even when they fall out during the course of a single term of office.
Mutharika became president in 2014. He is the young brother to Bingu wa Mutharika who served as president of Malawi from 2004-2012. His wife is a former member of parliament.
NB; Foreigners who have lived in Malawi for over 7 years can also vote.