June 16, 2019 Confirmed


Republic of Guatemala

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

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At Stake in this Election:       

  • The 160 seats in the Congress of the Republic 

Government Structure: 

  • Chief of State: President Jimmy Ernesto MORALES 

  • Head of Government: President Jimmy Ernesto MORALES 

  • Assembly: Guatemala has a unicameral Congress of the Republic (Congreso de la República) with 160 seats. 

Electoral System: 

  • In the Congress of the Republic (Congreso de la República) 160 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve four-year terms. 

  • Of the 160 members, 128 are departmental-level representatives selected through 23 departmental lists; 32 are national-level representatives selected in one, nationwide district. Votes are tabulated using the D'Hondt method. 

Main parties in this Election:* 

  • Party: National Unity of Hope / Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) 

    • Leader: Sandra Julieta TORRES Casanova 

    • Seats won in last election: 36 

  • Party: Union for National Change / Union del Cambio Nacional (UCN) 

    • Leader: Jorge Enrique PASARELLI Urrutía 

    • Seats won in last election: 14 

  • PartyNational Convergence Front / Frente de Convergencia Nacional (FCN-NACIÓN) 

    • Leader: Javier Alfonso HERNANDEZ Franco 

    • Seats won in last election: 11 

  • Party: Union for National Change / Union de Cambio Nacional 

    • Leader: Mario ESTRADA 

    • Seats won in last election: 6 

  • PartyLet’s go for a Different Guatemala / Vamos por una Guatemala Diferente (Vamos) 

    • Leader: Alejandro Eduardo GIAMMATTEI Falla 

    • Seats won in last election: N/A 

  • Party: Citizen’s Prosperity/ Prosperidad Cuidadana (PC) 

    • Leader: Dami Anita Elizabeth KRISTENSSON Sales 

    • Seats won in last election: N/A 

  • Party: Force / Fuerza 

    • Leader:  Jose Mauricio RADFORD Hernández 

    • Seats won in last election: 2 

* There are 28 political parties registered in Guatemala.

Population and Registered Voters: 

  • Population: 17,577,842 (2019 est.)  

  • Registered Voters: 8,149,793 (as of March 2019)

Gender Data: 

  • Female Population: 8,922,811 (2019 est.)  

  • 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: Yes 

  • Number of Female Legislators: 21 (13%) of 158 seats in the Congress of the Republic 

  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 127 (2018) 

  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2019) 

Disability Data: 

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

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

  • Population with a disability: 2,237,850 (est.)