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General elections were held for the Legislative Council in Nyasaland in August 1961. The result was a victory for the Malawi Congress Party, which won all 20 lower roll seats (in five of which they were unopposed)  and two of the eight higher roll seats.
There were two voter rolls, a lower roll with a predominantly African electorate, which elected 20 members, and had 106,095 registered voters, and a higher roll of largely European and Asian electors, which elected eight members, with 4,337 registered voters. As five constituencies in the lower roll were uncontested, only 75,707 voters were eligible on election day.  All members were elected from single-member constituencies, which largely followed the same boundaries as the country's districts.
|District||Lower roll electorate||Lower roll constituency||Higher roll electorate||Higher roll constituency|
|Nkata Bay||5,643||Nkata Bay||30|
|Fort Manning||4,087||Kasungu Fort Manning||23|
|Kota Kota||4,285||Kota Kota||25|
|Chikwawa||2,638||Lower River||28||Southern Districts|
|Fort Johnston||2,253||Fort Johnston Kasupe||48||Shire North|
|Source: Constituencies Commission |
|Party||Lower Roll||Upper Roll||Total|
|Malawi Congress Party||71,659||98.79||20||385||10.34||2||22|
|United Federal Party||607||0.84||0||2,108||56.59||5||5|
|Christian Liberation Party||272||0.37||0||0|
|Source: Nohlen et al.|
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