Feb. 5, 2006 Held

Costa Rica

Republic of Costa Rica

Election for Costa Rican Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:1,663,248
Valid Votes:1,623,992
Invalid Votes:39,256

Vote Share by Candidate:

Oscar ARIAS Sanchez664,551


Otton SOLIS Fallas646,382


Otto GUEVARA Guth137,710


Ricardo Jaime TOLEDO Carranza57,655


Antonio ALVAREZ Desanti39,557


Jose Manuel ECHANDI Meza26,593

Election Results Modified: Feb 21, 2006

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Costa Rica

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Abel PACHECO
  • Head of Government: President Abel PACHECO
  • 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:

  • Oscar ARIAS Sanchez
    • Party: National Liberation Party (PLN) / Partido Liberacion Nacional
  • Otton SOLIS Fallas
    • Party: Citizen Action Party (PAC) / Partido Accion Ciudadana
  • Otto GUEVARA Guth
    • Party: Libertarian Movement Party (PML) / Partido Movimiento Libertario
  • Ricardo Jaime TOLEDO Carranza
    • Party: Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) / Partido Unidad Social Cristiana
  • Antonio ALVAREZ Desanti
    • Party: Union for Change Party (UPC) / Partido Union Para El Cambio
  • Jose Manuel ECHANDI Meza
    • Party: National Union Party (PUN) / Partido Union Nacional

Last Presidential election:

  • The last presidential election was held on February 3, 2002, with a run-off on April 7, 2002. Abel PACHECO (PUSC) was elected president with 58% of the vote against Rolando ARAYA (PLN) who obtained 42%.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 4,308,790 (2006)
  • Registered Voters: 2,550,613 (November 2005 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 2,148,774 (2006)

·         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: 22 (following 2006 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: 646,318 (est.)

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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