May 20, 2004 Held


Republic of Malawi

Election for Malawian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:3,296,711
Valid Votes:3,210,482
Invalid Votes:86,229

Vote Share by Candidate:

Bingu wa MUTHARIKA1,146,327


John TEMBO931,758


Gwandaguluwe CHAKUAMBA825,265


Brown MPINGANJIRA277,436


Justin MALEWEZI80,529

Election Results Modified: Aug 17, 2023

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Malawi

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Bakili MULUZI
  • Head of Government: President Bakili MULUZI
  • Assembly: Malawi has a unicameral National Assembly with 193 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the National Assembly 193 members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Bingu wa MUTHARIKA
    • Party: United Democratic Front (UDF)
  • John TEMBO
    • Party: Malawi Congress Party (MCP)
  • Gwandaguluwe CHAKUAMBA
    • Party: Mgwirizano Coalition
    • Party: National Democratic Alliance (NDA)
  • Justin MALEWEZI
    • Independent(s): N/A

Last Presidential election:

  • Malawi had its last presidential election on June 15, 1999. In this election, Bakili MULUZI of the United Democratic Front (UDF) won the presidency with 51.4% of the votes while Gwandaguluwe CHAKUAMBA of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Alliance for Democracy

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 12,407,618 (2004)
  • Registered Voters: 5,184,086 (2004)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 6,238,224 (2004)

·         Is Malawi a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Malawi ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (12 March 1987)

·         Gender Quota: No, but there are political parties with voluntary gender quotas

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 27 (following the 2004 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 173 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Malawi a signatory to CRPD: Yes (27 September 2007)

·         Has Malawi ratified CRPD: Yes (27 August 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 1,861,142 (est.)

Election Modified: Aug 17, 2023

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