May 19, 2009 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 MUTHARIKA2,946,103


John TEMBO1,370,044


Kamuzu CHIBAMBO35,167


Stanely MASAULI33,887


Loveness GONDWE32,160


James NYONDO27,328


Dindi NYASULU20,151

Election Results Modified: Apr 09, 2014

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Malawi

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA
  • Head of Government: President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA
  • 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 plurality vote to serve 5-year terms.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Bingu wa MUTHARIKA*
  • John TEMBO
    • Party: Malawi Congress Party (MCP)
  • James NYONDO
    • Independent(s): Independent
  • Dindi NYASULU
    • Party: Alliance for Democracy (AFORD)
  • Stanely MASAULI
    • Party: Republican Party (RP)
  • Loveness GONDWE
    • Party: National Rainbow Coalition (NARC)
  • Kamuzu CHIBAMBO
    • Party: People's Transformation Party (PETRA)

* DPP was formed in 2005 by separating from the United Democratic Front

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 14,329,056 (2009)
  • Registered Voters: 5,870,819 (2009)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 7,194,068 (2009)

·         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: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 41 (following the 2009 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: 2,149,358 (est.)

Election Modified: Aug 17, 2023

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