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Title:A critical stock take of Malawi's 19 May 2009 elections: processes, outcomes and challenges
Author:Chinsinga, BlessingsISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Elections (ISSN 1609-4700)
Geographic term:Malawi
Abstract:On 19 May 2009 Malawi held its fourth consecutive general elections in the 15 years since the transition to democracy in 1994. The landslide victory for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in both the presidential and the parliamentary elections heightened expectations of a new beginning in the country's quest for democratic transformation. It marked a complete departure from the familiar patterns of voting along ethnic, tribal or regional lines. This article assesses the 2009 elections, paying particular attention to the pre-election political context, the electoral preparations, election day, and the election results, and to a number of post-election developments. It argues that while the election outcome was historic, it has failed to live up to the immediate post-election euphoria. The country is still very much a defective democracy, which has difficulty in establishing the rule of law and constitutional freedoms. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]