A nursery ward for premature babies at Bwaila Hospital in the capital Lilongwe was forced to be evacuated after teargas which police sprayed at protesters filled the ward.
The babies and their terrified mothers were seeking refuge in the hospital’s corridor waiting for the teargas to clear.
Police fired teargas as thousands of people gathered in the streets in fresh rounds of demonstrations to demand the resignation of Jane Ansah, the chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), whom they accuse of overseeing a fraudulent election in May which saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected.
The results of presidential elections have sparked four previous demonstrations and is being challenged in court by the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the UTM party.
Previous protests have turned violent and the government has said the police lack the capacity to manage them.
Protesters had to set a police armoured vehicle alight after the security forces had fired tear gas at them in an apparent attempt to stop them from marching.
Timothy Mtambo, chair of the Human Rights Defenders’ Coalition, which is organising the latest demonstrations, accused the police of provoking the situation when people wanted to exercise their right to protest peacefully.