MALEMIA VILLAGE, Malawi – Polling has started in Malawi's fifth elections since the introduction of multiparty democracy in 1994.
Voting started at 6 a.m. Tuesday at most polling centers but some delayed opening by as much as three hours due to rains and late deliveries of polling materials.
Joyce Banda, Africa's second female president, is facing stiff challenges from 12 candidates. Banda was vice-president and came to power in 2013 following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. Mutharika's brother Peter Mutharika is now challenging Banda. Others running for president include Atupele Muluzi, son of another former president, and retired pastor Lazarus Chakwera.
Malawi has been hit by corruption scandals. Police in November arrested a former justice minister on suspicion of involvement in the shooting of the country's budget director, a corruption fighter.