People queue to cast their votes near Blantyre, Malawi, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Voting is underway to elect a new president in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Voters in Malawi go to polls to elect president, parliament

May 21, 2019 - 1:33 am

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Voting has started in in Malawi to elect a new president and 193 members of parliament.

Before dawn, hundreds of voters lined up Tuesday at polling centers to cast their ballots in the election in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term.

Mutharika is in a tight race against his 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.

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