ElectionGudie

Feb. 7, 2010 Held

1,782,878
Voted
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Republic of Costa Rica

Election for Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly)

Results

62%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:1,782,878
Valid Votes:1,738,611
Invalid Votes:44,267

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

National Liberation Party 24 - 708,043

37.30%

Citizen Action Party 11 - 334,636

17.68%

Libertarian Movement Party 9 - 275,518

14.50%

Accessibility without Exclusion 4 - 171,858

9.00%

Social Christian Unity Party 6 - 155,047

8.20%

Costa Rican Renovation Party 1 - 73,150

3.90%

Broad Front 1 - 68,987

3.66%

National Restoration 1 - 29,530

1.62%

Patriotic Alliance Party - - 28,349

1.49%

Cartaginese Agricultural Union - - 11,862

0.58%

Heredian Restoration - - 7,953

0.43%

Alajuelan Restoration - - 7,298

0.38%

Cartaginese Transparency - - 4,590

0.20%

Ecologist Green - - 2,901

0.15%

Elderly Alliance Party - - 2,724

0.15%

Alajuelan Familiar Force - - 1,609

0.08%

Workers' and Farmers' Movement - - 1,127

0.06%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 57 seats in the Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Oscar ARIAS Sanchez *
  • Head of Government: President Oscar ARIAS Sanchez
  • Assembly: Costa Rica has a unicameral Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) with 57 seats.

* The electoral system is two-round with a 40 percent threshold.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by qualified majority to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) 57 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

*** There are seven constituencies corresponding to Costa Rica's provinces, and seats are apportioned to each in proportion to population. Seats are allocated at the constituency level. Once all lists' quotas have been filled, there are additional considerations for sub-quotas of votes (50 percent of a full quota), and then for remainders less than sub-quotas.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: National Liberation Party (PLN) / Partido Liberación Nacional
    Leader: Francisco Antonio PACHECO Fernández
    Seats won in this election: 24
    Seats won in last election: 17
  • Party: Citizen Action Party (PAC) / Partido Acción Ciudadana
    Leader: Epsy CAMPBELL Barr
    Seats won in this election: 11
    Seats won in last election: 14
  • Party: Libertarían Movement Party (PML) / Partido Movimiento Libertario
    Leader: Guillermo MALAVASSI Vargas
    Seats won in this election: 9
    Seats won in last election: 6
  • Party: Social Christian Unity Party / Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC)
    Leader: Lorena VASQUEZ Badilla
    Seats won in this election: 6
    Seats won in last election: 19
  • Party: Costa Rican Renovation Party / Partido Renovación Costarricense (PRC)
    Leader: Justo OROZCO Alvarez
    Seats won in this election: 1
    Seats won in last election: 1
  • Party: Accessibility without Exclusion / Accesibilidad sin Exclusión
    Leader: Óscar López ARIAS
    Seats won in this election: 4
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Broad Front / Frente Amplio
    Leader: José Merino DEL RIO
    Seats won in this election: 1
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: National Restoration / Restauración Nacional
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 1
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Patriotic Alliance Party / Partido Alianza Patriótica
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 0
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Cartaginese Agricultural Union / Unión Agrícola Cartaginés
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 0
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Heredian Restoration / Restauración Herediana
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 0
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Alajuelan Restoration / Restauración Alajuelense
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 0
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Cartaginese Transparency / Transparencia Cartaginés
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 0
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Ecologist Green / Verde Ecologista
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 0
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Elderly Alliance Party / Partido Alianza Mayor
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 0
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Alajuelan Familiar Force / Fuerza Familiar Alajuelense
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 0
    Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Workers' and Farmers' Movement / Movimiento de Trabajadores y Campesinos
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 0
    Seats won in last election: 0

 

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 4,253,877 (July 2009 est)
  • Registered Voters: 2,822,491 (December 2009 )