Malawi general election, 2004

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Template:Election malawi Presidential elections and legislative elections were held in Malawi on May 20, 2004. The elections were scheduled for May 18 but were delayed for two days, postponed in response to opposition complaints of irregularities in the voters' roll.

By May 22 no results had been announced, leading to protests from the opposition and threats of disorder. On May 25 the Malawi Electoral Commission finally announced the results of the election. Bingu wa Mutharika, the candidate of the ruling United Democratic Front, was declared elected. Mutharika was supported by outgoing President Bakili Muluzi, who is retiring after two terms.

Malawi has no reliable opinion polls, but surveys conducted by Malawi media groups before the election had put Gwanda Chakuamba, the candidate of a seven-party opposition coalition, in the lead.

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Table of results

Registered voters: 5,742,747
Valid votes counted: 3,119,645 (54.3%)

Candidate party votes %
Bingu wa Mutharika United Democratic Front 1,119,738 35.9
Gwanda Chakuamba Mgwirizano Coalition 802,386 25.7
Brown Mpinganjira National Democratic Alliance 272,172 8.7
Justin Chimera Malewezi People's Progressive Movement 78,892 2.5
John Tembo Malawi Congress Party 846,457 27.1
Total - 3,119,645 -

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Legislative election

Malawi's National Assembly has 192 members. According to the BBC, the Malawi Congress Party won 60 seats, the United Democratic Front won 49 seats the Mgwirizano Coalition won 28 seats, and independents won 38 seats. At the 1999 elections the United Democratic Front won 93 seats, the Malawi Congress Party won 66 seats, and the Alliance for Democracy won 29 seats.

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