March 21, 2004 Held

El Salvador

Republic of El Salvador

Election for Salvadoran Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,277,473
Valid Votes:2,061,585
Invalid Votes:215,888

Vote Share by Candidate:

Antonio SACA1,190,235


Schafik HANDAL734,469


Hector SILVA80,592


Rafael MACHUCA56,289

Election Results Modified: Jun 21, 2024

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of El Salvador

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Francisco FLORES Perez
  • Head of Government: President Francisco FLORES Perez
  • Assembly: El Salvador has a unicameral Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) with 84 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) 84 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 3-year terms.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Antonio SACA
    • Party: Nationalist Republican Alliance / (ARENA)
  • Schafik HANDAL
    • Party: Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front / (FMLN)
  • Hector SILVA
    • Bloc: Christian Democratic Party - United Democratic Center / (PDC - CDU)
  • Rafael MACHUCA
    • Party: National Conciliation Party / (PCN)

Last Presidential election:

  • The last presidential election was held in El Salvador on March 7, 1999. In this election, Francisco FLORES of ARENA secured the presidency with 51.96% of the votes, while Facundo GUARDADO from FMLN secured 29.5% of the votes.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 5,925,089 (2004)
  • Registered Voters: 3,442,515 (2004)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,093,449 (2004)

·         Is El Salvador a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (14 November 1980)

·         Has El Salvador ratified CEDAW: Yes (19 August 1981)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 9 (following the 2003 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 116 (2014)

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

Disability Data:

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

·         Has El Salvador ratified CRPD: Yes (14 December 2007)

·         Population with a disability: 888,763 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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