Record Modified: Aug 16 2023

Sept. 11, 2011 Held


Republic of Guatemala

Election for Guatemalan Presidency


Cast Votes:5,093,230
Valid Votes:4,474,555
Invalid Votes:618,675


Otto Pérez PEREZ Molina1,611,493


Manuel BALDIZON1,038,287


Eduardo SUGER732,842


Harold CABALLEROS275,475


Patricia de ARZU97,381


More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Guatemala

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Alvaro COLOM Caballeros
  • Head of Government: President Alvaro COLOM Caballeros
  • Assembly: Guatemala has a unicameral Congress of the Republic (Congreso de la Republica) with 158 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Congress of the Republic (Congreso de la Republica) 158 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

*** Of the 158 members, 127 are departmental-level representatives selected through 22 departmental lists; 31 are national-level representatives selected in one, nationwide district. Votes are tabulated using the D'Hondt method.

Main Candidates in the Second Round of the Presidential race:

Main Candidates in the First Round of the Presidential race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 15,049,280 (2011)
  • Registered Voters: 7,340,841 (September 2011)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 7,695,559 (2011)

·         Is Guatemala a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (8 June 1981)

·         Has Guatemala ratified CEDAW: Yes (12 August 1982)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 21 (following the 2011 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 128 (2014)

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

Disability Data:

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

·         Has Guatemala ratified CRPD: Yes (7 April 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 2,257,392 (est.)