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Costa Rica

Republic of Costa Rica

4,636,348 13

Population (as of July 1, 2011)

Elections in our database

3,024,159 64.76%

Registered Voters (as of April 6, 2014)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Legislative Assembly Asamblea Legislativa Assembly
President President Head of Government
President President Head of State

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Laura CHINCHILLA Miranda *
  • Head of Government: President Laura CHINCHILLA Miranda
  • Assembly: Costa Rica has a unicameral Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) with 57 seats.

* The electoral system is two-round with a 40 percent threshold.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by qualified majority to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) 57 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

*** There are seven constituencies corresponding to Costa Rica's provinces, and seats are apportioned to each in proportion to population. Seats are allocated at the constituency level. Once all lists' quotas have been filled, there are additional considerations for sub-quotas of votes (50 percent of a full quota), and then for remainders less than sub-quotas.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Legislative Assembly 1998-02-01 1,430,579 2,045,980 69.92%
President 1998-02-01 1,431,913 2,045,980 69.99%
Legislative Assembly 2002-02-03 1,569,338 2,279,851 68.84%
President 2002-02-03 1,568,867 2,279,851 68.81%
President 2002-04-07 1,389,702 2,279,851 60.96%
Legislative Assembly 2006-02-05 1,662,899 2,548,577 65.25%
President 2006-02-05 1,663,248 2,550,613 65.21%
Referendum 2007-10-07 1,572,684 2,550,613 61.66%
President 2010-02-07 1,883,094 2,822,491 66.72%
Legislative Assembly 2010-02-07 1,782,878 2,822,491 63.17%
Legislative Assembly 2014-02-02 1,734,047 3,065,667 56.56%
President 2014-02-02 2,099,219 3,078,321 68.19%
President 2014-04-06 1,712,679 3,024,159 56.63%

Voter Turnout