Jan. 23, 2011 Held


Portuguese Republic

Election for Portuguese Presidency


Cast Votes:4,492,297
Valid Votes:4,214,422
Invalid Votes:277,875


Aníbal António Cavaco SILVA2,231,603


Manuel ALEGRE de Melo Duarte832,637


Fernando José de La Vieter Ribeiro NOBRE594,068


Francisco LOPES300,921


José Manuel COELHO189,091


Defensor de MOURA66,112


More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Portugal

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Anibal CAVACO SILVA
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Jose SOCRATES **
  • Assembly: Portugal has a unicameral Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da Republica) with 230 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the President to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da Republica) 230 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

** The Prime Minister is usually leader of the majority party or coalition in the legislature.

*** There are 22 multi-member districts. Seats are allocated using the d'Hondt method.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

** ALEGRE is being backed by the Left Bloc and the Socialist Party.
*** LOPES is being supported by the Communist Party and the Green Party
***** Although de MOURA is a member of the Socialist Party, he is running as an independent.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 10,557,560 (2011)
  • Registered Voters: 9,657,312 (January 2011)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 5,518,047 (2011)

·         Is Portugal a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (24 April 1980)

·         Has Portugal ratified CEDAW: Yes (30 July 1980)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 61 (following the 2011 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 43 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

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

·         Has Portugal ratified CRPD: Yes (23 September 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 1,583,634 (est.)