1987 Malawian general election

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All 123 seats in the National Assembly
62 seats needed for a majority
  First party
Leader Hastings Banda
Party MCP
Last election 101
Seats won 112
Seat change Increase 11

General elections were held in Malawi on 27 and 28 May 1987.[1] As the country had become a one-party state in 1966, the Malawi Congress Party was the sole legal party at the time. The number of seats in the National Assembly was increased to 112, whilst president for life Hastings Banda was able to appoint as many additional members as he saw fit to "enhance the representative character of the Assembly, or to represent particular minority or other special interests in the Republic."[2]

In total over 200 candidates contested the seats, although in 38 there was only a single MCP candidate, who was elected unopposed.[2] In the remaining 80 seats there were between two and five candidates, all of which were from the MCP. Banda appointed a further 11 members.[2] All prospective candidates were vetted by Banda after being nominated by MCP committees,[3] and had to declare their allegiance to Banda in order to be allowed to stand.[4]


Malawi Congress Party112+11
Appointed members110
Registered voters/turnout3,278,907
Source: African Elections Database, IPU


  1. ^ Elections in Malawi African Elections Database
  2. ^ a b c Malawi Inter-Parliamentary Union
  3. ^ Malawi: Era of One Party Rule (1964-1992) Archived 2010-01-25 at the Wayback Machine EISA
  4. ^ "Malawi Handbook" (PDF). Central Intelligence Agency. 1971.