Malawi elections: Joyce Banda faces strong challenges
20 May 2014 Last updated at 15:20 BST
Malawians are voting in a tight election, with President Joyce Banda facing three strong challengers.
Mrs Banda came to power two years ago after the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Her reputation has been dented by a corruption scandal, known as Cashgate, which has led donors to cut aid.
Nomsa Maseko reports.