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Costa Rica

Republic of Costa Rica

4,872,543 13

Population (as of July 1, 2016)

Elections in our database

3,024,159 64.76%

Registered Voters (as of April 6, 2014)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Costa Rican Legislative Assembly Asamblea Legislativa Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Luis Guillermo SOLÍS 
  • Head of Government: President Luis Guillermo SOLÍS
  • Assembly: Costa Rica has a unicameral Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) with 57 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by qualified majority to serve a 4-year term. The electoral system is two-rounds with a 40 percent threshold.
  • 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
President 1998-02-01 1,431,913 2,045,980 69.99%
Costa Rican Legislative Assembly 1998-02-01 1,430,579 2,045,980 69.92%
President 2002-02-03 1,568,867 2,279,851 68.81%
Costa Rican Legislative Assembly 2002-02-03 1,569,338 2,279,851 68.84%
President 2002-04-07 1,389,702 2,279,851 60.96%
Costa Rican 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%
Costa Rican Legislative Assembly 2010-02-07 1,782,878 2,822,491 63.17%
Costa Rican 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