ElectionGudie

Sept. 9, 2007 Held

3,621,852
Voted
Guatemala

Republic of Guatemala

Election for Congreso de la Republica (Guatemalan Congress of the Republic)

Results

55%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:3,621,852
Valid Votes:3,280,609
Invalid Votes:341,243

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

National Unity for Hope 52 - 721,988

22.81%

Grand National Alliance 37 - 522,480

16.51%

Patriot Party 29 - 503,442

15.91%

Guatemalan Republican Front 14 - 310,038

9.80%

Encounter for Guatemala 4 - 195,151

6.17%

Unionist Party 6 - 192,983

6.10%

Center for Social Action 5 - 154,718

4.89%

National Advancement Party 3 - 144,910

4.58%

Nationalist Change Union 5 - 128,593

4.06%

Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity 2 - 103,480

3.27%

Democratic Union 1 - 44,488

1.41%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 158 seats in Guatemala's Congress of the Republic

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Oscar Jose Rafael BERGER Perdomo
  • Head of Government: President Oscar Jose Rafael BERGER Perdomo
  • Assembly: Guatemala has a unicameral Congress of the Republic (Congreso de la Republica) with 158 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Congress of the Republic (Congreso de la Republica) 158 members are elected through a party-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

*** Of the 158 members, 127 are departmental-level representatives selected through departmental lists; 31 are national-level representatives selected through national party lists. All members are elected to four-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: National Unity for Hope (UNE) / Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza
    • Leader: Alvaro COLOM Caballeros
  • Party: Grand National Alliance (GANA) / Gran Aliana Nacional
    • Leader: Alfredo VILLA
  • Party: Patriot Party (PP) / Partido Patriota***
    • Leader: Otto PEREZ Molina
  • Party: Guatemalan Republican Front (FRG) / Frente Republicano Guatemalteco
    • Leader: Efrain RIOS Montt
  • Party: Unionist Party (PU) / Partido Unionista
    • Leader: Fritz GARCIA Gallont
  • Party: Center for Social Action (CASA) / Centro de Accion Social
    • Leader: Eduardo SUGER
  • Party: Nationalist Change Union (UCN) / Union del Cambio Nacionalista
    • Leader: Sidney SHAW
  • Party: Encounter for Guatemala (EG) / Encuentro por Guatemala
    • Leader: Rigoberta MENCHU Cum
  • Party: National Advancement Party (PAN) / Partido de Avanzada Nacional
    • Leader: Ruben Dario MORALES
  • Party: Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG-MAIZ)
    • Leader: Hector NUILA
  • Party: Democratic Union (UD) / Union Democratica
    • Leader: Maneul CONDE Orellana

*** The Patriot Party was part of the Grand National Alliance in 2003.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 13,797,629 (2007)
  • Registered Voters: 5,990,029 (September 2007)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 7,062,183 (2007)

·         Is Guatemala a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (8 June 1981)

·         Has Guatemala ratified CEDAW: Yes (12 August 1982)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 19 (following the 2007 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 128 (2014)

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

Disability Data:

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

·         Has Guatemala ratified CRPD: Yes (7 April 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 2,069,644 (est.)