ElectionGudie

May 2, 2004 Held

1,524,976
Voted
Panama

Republic of Panama

Election for Asamblea Nacional (Panamanian National Assembly)

Results

73%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:1,524,976
Valid Votes:1,453,088
Invalid Votes:30,253

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Revolutionary Democratic Party 40 - 549,948

37.85%

Arnulfista Party 17 - 279,560

19.24%

Solidarity Party 8 - 227,604

15.66%

Liberal Republican National Movement 3 - 125,547

8.64%

Democratic Change 2 - 107,511

7.40%

Popular Party 2 - 86,727

5.97%

National Liberal Party 1 - 76,191

5.24%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 78 seats in the National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Mireya Elisa MOSCOSO Rodriguez *
  • Head of Government: President Mireya Elisa MOSCOSO Rodriguez
  • Assembly: Panama has a unicameral National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional) with 78 seats.

* The president is both the chief of state and head of government.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by simple majority vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional) 78 members are elected by popular vote.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD)
    • Leader: Martín TORRIJOS Espino
    • Seats won in this election: 40
    • Seats won in last election: 34
  • Party: Arnulfista Party (PA)
    • Leader: Mireya Elisa MOSCOSO Rodriguez
    • Seats won in this election: 17
    • Seats won in last election: 18
  • Party: Solidarity Party (PS)
    • Leader: Samuel LEWIS Galindo
    • Seats won in this election: 8
    • Seats won in last election: 4
  • Party: Liberal Republican National Movement (MOLIRENA)
    • Leader: Jesús Lisímaco ROSAS
    • Seats won in this election: 3
    • Seats won in last election: 3
  • Party: Democratic Change (CD)
    • Leader: Ricardo MARTINELLI
    • Seats won in this election: 2
    • Seats won in last election: 2
  • Party: Popular Party (PP)******
    • Leader: Ruben AROSEMENA
    • Seats won in this election: 2
    • Seats won in last election: 5
  • Party: National Liberal Party (PLN)
    • Leader: Aníbal GALINDO
    • Seats won in this election: 1
    • Seats won in last election: 3

****** The Popular Party was originally the Christian Democratic Party (PDC).

Last Legislative election:

  • Panama held its last legislative elections on May 2, 1999.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 3,260,611 (2004)
  • Registered Voters: 1,999,553 (May 2004)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,619,330 (2004)

·         Is Panama a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (26 June 1980)

·         Has Panama ratified CEDAW: Yes (29 October 1981)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 13 (following the 2004 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 60 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Panama a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Panama ratified CRPD: Yes (7 August 2007)

·         Population with a disability: 489,091 (est.)