Nov. 6, 2016 Held


Republic of Nicaragua

Election for Nicaraguan Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,578,445
Valid Votes:2,488,199
Invalid Votes:90,246

Vote Share by Candidate:

Daniel ORTEGA1,806,651


Maximino RODRIGUEZ374,898


Jose del Carmen ALVARADO RUIZ112,562


Saturnino CERRATO107,392


Erick Antonio CABEZAS57,437


Carlos CANALES35,002

Election Results Modified: Nov 15, 2016

General Information

Republic of Nicaragua: President, 6 November 2016

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of the Nicaragua

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Jose Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra (since 10 January 2007)
  • Head of Government: President Jose Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra (since 10 January 2007)
  • Assembly: Nicaragua has a unicameral Asamblea Nacional (National Assembly) composed of 92 seats with members serving 5-year terms.

Description of electoral system:

  • The president is directly elected by simple majority popular vote for a 5-year term with no term limits. The president and vice-president are elected on the same ballot.  

Last Election:

  • The last presidential election was held on 6 November 2011. Incumbent Jose Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was reelected with 62.5% of the vote.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra
    • Party: Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN)/Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional
  • Maximino RODRÍGUEZ
    • Party: Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC)/Partido Liberal Constitucionalista
  • Jose del Carmen ALVARADO RUIZ
    • Party: Independent Liberal Party (PLI)/Partido Liberal Independiente
  • Erick Antonio CABEZAS
    • Party: Conservative Party/Partido Conservador
  • Saturnino CERRATO
    • Party: Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance(ALN)/Alianza Liberal Nicaragüense
  • Carlos CANALES
    • Party: Alliance for the Republic (APRE)/Alianza por la República

Population and number of registered voters:

·         Population: 5,966,798 (July 2016 est.)

·         Registered Voters: 3,303,831 (2011)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,054,550 (July 2016 est.)

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

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

·         Gender Quota: Yes[1]

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 37 (40.22%)

·         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: 886,182 (est.)

[1] Lists of candidates are arranged on the basis of alternation between male and female candidates. 

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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