Blessings Chinsinga holds a BA in Public Administration from Chancellor College, University of Malawi, an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Mainz, Germany. An experienced academic, researcher, and consultant, he is currently based at the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, Chancellor College, University of Malawi as an associate professor. He specializes in governance and democracy, public policy analysis, rural livelihood, and local level politics. He is also the deputy director for the Centre for Social Research (CSR) at the University of Malawi, which is the research arm of the Faculty of Social Science since January 2013.

Essays | July 3, 2014

The May 2014 Malawi Elections: A Democratic Success Story?

“These results have been widely embraced by democracy enthusiasts and seen as a significant milestone in Malawi’s democratization project …. However, a critical review of the overall conduct and handling of the polls in May raises a crucial question as to whether or not these elections should be celebrated as the significant achievement they have been made out to be.”

Photo credit to Flickr user masondan. Photo taken February 14, 2014, 2014 by Dan Mason. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
Malawians riding on a bus prior to the May 2014 elections.