The narrative of The Election unfolds in a Malawi where multi-party democracy is still relatively young and promises different things to different people. Ahead of upcoming elections, campaign fever holds the entire population of a constituency in its grip. Unexpected and hugely significant events decide the fates of leading characters in the drama: Mary, the head teacher at Emwezi; Chief Kalata, the principal village headman at Kukaya; Patricia Odinga, a female candidate who had a successful career abroad and Rutani, a retired civil servant who will stop at nothing to be the next Member of Parliament in the constituency. As Election Day approaches, tensions rise to fever pitch and all four become more deeply entangled than they had bargained for.
Set in a fictitious constituency in the North of Malawi, the story lays bare the strains and strengths of a people caught between old and new cultural norms. The twists and turns in the campaigning period of parliamentary candidates in the constituency and the struggles of all the personages involved together make for a heady brew of a tale that is sure to appeal to anyone interested in the literature, culture and local politics of this part of Africa.