Feb. 1, 1998 Held

Costa Rica

Republic of Costa Rica

Election for Costa Rican Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:1,431,913
Valid Votes:1,388,698
Invalid Votes:36,318

Vote Share by Candidate:

Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ Echeverria652,160


Jose Miguel CORRALES618,834


Other candidates119,704

Election Results Modified: May 10, 2024

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Costa Rica

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Jose Maria FIGUERES Olsen
  • Head of Government: President Jose Maria FIGUERES Olsen
  • Assembly: Costa Rica has a unicameral Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) with 57 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) 57 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 4-year terms.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ Echeverria
    • Party: Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC)
  • Jose Miguel CORRALES
    • Party: National Liberation Party (PLN)
  • Other candidates
    • Party: N/A

Last Presidential election:

  • The last presidential election was held on February 6, 1994. Jose Maria FIGUERES Olsen received 49.7% of the vote and thus defeated Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ Echeverria, his closest competitor with 47.5% of the vote.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 3,767,369 (1998)
  • Registered Voters: 2,045,980 (1998)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,874,942 (1998)

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

·         Has Costa Rica ratified CEDAW: Yes (4 April 1986)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 11 (following 1998 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 69 (2014)

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

Disability Data:

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

·         Has Costa Rica ratified CRPD: Yes (1 October 2008)

·         Population with a disability: 565,105 (est.)

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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