Voting has started in in Malawi to elect a new president and 193 members of parliament.

Before dawn, hundreds of voters lined up Tuesday at polling centers to cast their ballots in the election in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term.

Mutharika is in a tight race against his vice-president, 46-year-old Saulos Chilima, and the leader of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party, Lazarus Chakwera, 64.

People queue to cast their votes near Blantyre, Malawi, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Voting is underway to elect a new president in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)
People queue to cast their votes near Blantyre, Malawi, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Voting is underway to elect a new president in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Malawi’s army and police will provide security at polling stations for the 6 million registered voters.

People queue to cast their votes near Blantyre, Malawi, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Voting is underway to elect a new president in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)
People queue to cast their votes near Blantyre, Malawi, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Voting is underway to elect a new president in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)
People queue to cast their votes near Blantyre, Malawi, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Voting is underway to elect a new president in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)
People queue to cast their votes near Blantyre, Malawi, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Voting is underway to elect a new president in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)