Record Modified: Aug 16 2023

Nov. 5, 2006 Held


Republic of Nicaragua

Election for Asamblea Nacional (Nicaraguan National Assembly)


Cast Votes:2,445,692
Valid Votes:2,237,695
Invalid Votes:208,000


Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional) 38 840,851


Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance (Alianza Liberal Nicarag├╝ense) 22 597,709


Liberal Constitutionalist Party (Partido Liberal Constitucionalista) 25 592,118


Sandinista Renewal Movement (Movimiento Renovador Sandinista) 5 194,416


More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 90 seats in the National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Enrique BOLANOS Geyer *
  • Head of Government: President Enrique BOLANOS Geyer
  • Assembly: Nicaragua has a unicameral National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional) with 92 seats.

* The president is both the chief of state and head of government. In order to avoid a run-off, a candidate must obtain 40 percent of the vote or 35 percent conditioned on the fact that s/he has at least a 5-point lead over the nearest rival.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by plurality vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional) 90 members are elected through a party-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms.***

*** One seat is reserved for the previous president and one seat for the runner-up in previous presidential election.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Sandinista National Liberation Front / Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN)
    • Leader: Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra
    • Seats won in this election: 38
    • Seats won in last election: 37
  • Party: Liberal Constitutionalist Party / Partido Liberal Constitucionalista (PLC)
    • Leader: Jorge CASTILLO Quant
    • Seats won in this election: 25
    • Seats won in last election: 52
  • Alliance: Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance - Conservative Party / Alianza Liberal Nicaragüense - Partido Conservador (ALN-PC)***
    • Leader: Eduardo MONTEALEGRE Rivas
    • Seats won in this election: 22
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Sandinista Renewal Movement / Movimiento Renovador Sandinista (MRS)
    • Leader: Dora Maria TELLEZ
    • Seats won in this election: 5
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Alternative for Change / Alternativa por El Cambio (AC)
    • Leader: Orlando TARDENCILLA Espinoza
    • Seats won in this election: 0
    • Seats won in last election: 0

*** The Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance (ALN), which includes the Conservative Party (Partido Conservador - PC), is also known by the acronym ALN-PC.

Last Legislative election:

  • Legislative elections were last held on 4 November 2001.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 5,570,129 (July 2006)
  • Registered Voters: 3,665,141 (October 2006)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 2,761,153 (2006)

·         Is Nicaragua a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Nicaragua ratified CEDAW: Yes (27 October 1981)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 17 (following the 2006 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 125 (2014)

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

Disability Data:

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

·         Has Nicaragua ratified CRPD: Yes (7 December 2007)

·         Population with a disability: 835,519 (est.)