Rawlings was a polarising figure, a person who led two coups in Ghana before twice being elected president in multiparty polls.
Political legacies generated during authoritarian rule have a tendency to transcend into the multiparty era.
It’s an achievement in itself that Malawi is holding its sixth multi-party national elections since its transition from dictatorship under former President Kamuzu Banda.
The ruling PDI-P, while leading the polls, did not experience a significant surge.
President Paul Biya’s credibility and legitimacy are increasingly being tarnished, amid growing support for opposition candidates.