Republic of Nicaragua

5,848,641 4

Population (as of May 29, 2015)

Elections in our database

3,665,141 N/A

Registered Voters (as of Oct. 1, 2006)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
President President Head of Government
National Assembly Asamblea Nacional Assembly
President President Head of State

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Jose Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra *
  • Head of Government: President Jose Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra
  • Assembly: Nicaragua has a unicameral National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional) with 92 seats.

* In order to avoid a run-off, a candidate must obtain either 40 percent of the vote or 35 percent with at least a 5-point lead over the nearest rival.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by plurality vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional), 90 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms and 2 members are reserved for the former President to serve 5-year terms.***

*** There are 17 multi-member constituencies for 70 seats (District magnitude ranging from 2 to 19) and one nationwide constituency comprising 20 seats. There is no threshold for entering parliament. One seat is reserved for the previous president and one seat for the runner-up in previous presidential election.

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Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
President 2006-11-05 - 3,665,141 -
National Assembly 2006-11-05 - 3,665,141 -
President 2011-11-06 - 3,665,141 -
National Assembly 2011-11-06 2,512,584 3,665,141 -

Voter Turnout