April 7, 2002 Held

Costa Rica

Republic of Costa Rica

Election for Costa Rican Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:1,389,702
Valid Votes:1,338,762
Invalid Votes:50,940

Vote Share by Candidate:

Abel PACHECO775,953


Rolando ARAYA562,809

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 Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ
  • Head of Government: President Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ
  • 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.

Candidates in the Second Round of the Presidential Race:

  • Abel PACHECO
    • Party: Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC)
  • Rolando ARAYA
    • Party: National Liberation Party (PLN)

Last Presidential election:

  • Presidential Elections were last held on February 1, 1998. Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ won 46.96% of the vote defeating Jose Miguel CORRALES who received 44.56% of the votes.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 4,063,208 (2002 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 2,279,851 (2002)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 2,024,735 (2002)

·         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: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 18 (following 2002 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: 609,481 (est.)

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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