ElectionGudie

May 4, 2014 Held

1,847,800
Voted
Panama

Republic of Panama

Election for Asamblea Nacional (Panamanian National Assembly)

Results

69%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:1,847,800
Valid Votes:1,701,082
Invalid Votes:146,718

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Democratic Change 30 - 573,603

33.70%

Democratic Revolutionary Party 25 - 535,747

31.50%

Panameñista Party 12 - 343,880

20.20%

Liberal Republican National Movement 2 - 121,815

7.20%

Popular Party 1 - 56,629

3.30%

Independents 1 - 52,184

3.10%

Broad Front of Democracy (FAD) - - 17,224

1.00%

Seat Shares:

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 71 seats in the National Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Ricardo MARTINELLI Berrocal
  • Head of Government: President Ricardo MARTINELLI Berrocal
  • Assembly: Panama has a unicameral National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional) with 71 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by simple majority vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional), 45 members are elected by open list proportional representation in multi-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 26 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.[1]

Election Note:                                  

  • The last elections to the National Assembly were held on May 3, 2009. Results can be found here. The Democratic Revolutionary Party lost 14 seats and Democratic Change gained 12 seats. Although the PRD retained its plurality of seats in the Assembly, Ricardo MARTINELLI of Democratic Change won the presidential election with over 60% of the vote. In addition to the parliamentary elections, Panamanians will also elect a new President and Vice President, 7 municipal councilors, 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), 77 mayors, and 648 township representatives on this day.

Main parties in this electoral race:

Last election:

  • The last elections to the National Assembly were held on May 3, 2009. Results can be found here. The Democratic Revolutionary Party lost 14 seats and Democratic Change gained 12 seats. Although the PRD retained its plurality of seats in the Assembly, Ricardo MARTINELLI of Democratic Change won the presidential election with over 60% of the vote.

Population and Voter Registration:

  • Population: 3,867,535 (2014)
  • Eligible Voters: 2,457,401 (April 2014)[3]

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,927,965 (2014)

·         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: 11 (following the 2014 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: 580,130 (est.)


[1] Seat allocation in the MMDs is in three stages. First, the total valid poll in any district is divided by the number of seats in that district. The result is the "electoral quotient." The number of votes for each party is divided by the electoral quotient, and the result is the number of seats in the district to which each party is entitled. Second, any remaining seats in the district are allocated to parties that have received at least one half an electoral quotient, but not a full electoral quotient, in descending order from largest to smallest vote share. Third, any remaining seats in the district are allocated to individual candidates in descending order from largest to smallest personal vote share.

[2] New party. Founded July 12, 2011.

[3] Deadline for voter registration is April 30, 2014.