ElectionGudie

April 27, 2003 Held

1,544,222
Voted
Paraguay

Republic of Paraguay

Election for Camara de Senadores (Paraguayan Chamber of Senators)

Results

61%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:1,544,222
Valid Votes:1,476,407
Invalid Votes:67,815

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

National Republican Association - Colorado Party 16 - 508,506

34.44%

Authentic Liberal Radical Party 12 - 374,854

25.39%

Beloved Fatherland Movement 7 - 234,748

15.90%

National Union of Ethical Reds 7 - 211,078

14.30%

Supportive Country Party 2 - 67,462

4.57%

National Encounter Party 1 - 31,212

2.11%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 45 seats in the Chamber of Senators (Camara de Senadores)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Luis Angel GONZALEZ MACCHI *
  • Head of Government: President Luis Angel GONZALEZ MACCHI
  • Assembly: Paraguay has a bicameral Congress (Congreso) consisting of the Chamber of Senators (Camara de Senadores) with 45 seats and the Chamber of Deputies (Camara de Diputados) with 80 seats.

* GONZALEZ MACCHI became president when elected president Raul CUBAS Garu was impeached for his involvement in the assassination of Vice President Luis Maria ARGANA.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by plurality vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Chamber of Senators (Camara de Senadores) 45 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms*. In the Chamber of Deputies (Camara de Diputados) 80 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms.**

* Senators are elected in one national constituency.

** The Chamber of deputies is divided into 18 multi member constituencies.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: National Republican Association - Colorado Party (ANR)
    • Leader: Nicanor DUARTE FRUTOS
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Senators election: 16
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Senators election: 25
  • Party: Authentic Liberal Radical Party (PLRA)**
    • Leader: Julio Cesar FRANCO
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Senators election: 12
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Senators election: 13
  • Party: Beloved Fatherland Movement (MPQ) / Movimiento Patria Querida
    • Leader: Pedro FADUL
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Senators election: 7
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Senators election: N/A
  • Party: National Union of Ethical Reds (UNACE) / Union Nacional de Colorados Eticos
    • Leader: Guillermo Sánchez GUFFANTI
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Senators election: 7
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Senators election: N/A
  • Party: Supportive Country Party / Partido Pais Solidario (PPS)
    • Leader: Carlos Alberto FILIZZOLA Pallares
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Senators election: 2
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Senators election: N/A
  • Party: National Encounter Party (PEN)
    • Leader: Diego ABENTE
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Senators election: 1
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Senators election: 7

** Both parties made up the Democratic Alliance under Domingo LAINO in the 1998 legislative elections.

Last Legislative election:

  • Legislative elections were last held in Paraguay on May 10, 1998.

Population and registered voters:

  • Population: 5,607,948 (2003)
  • Registered Voters: 2,405,108 (2003)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 2,769,241 (2003)

·         Is Paraguay a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Paraguay ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (12 January 1995)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 7 (Chamber of Deputies); 4 (Senate) following the 2003 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 112 (2014)

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

Disability Data:

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

·         Has Paraguay ratified CRPD: Yes (3 September 2008)

·         Population with a disability: 841,192 (est.)