Oct. 25, 2015 Held


Republic of Guatemala

Election for Guatemalan Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:4,255,875
Valid Votes:4,079,228
Invalid Votes:176,647

Vote Share by Candidate:

James Ernesto MORALES2,750,847


Sandra Julieta TORRES1,328,381

Election Results Modified: Oct 29, 2015

General Information

At stake in this election:      

  • The office of President of Guatemala

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Otto PÉREZ Molina
  • Head of Government: President Otto PÉREZ Molina
  • 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 Presidential race:

  • Candidate: James (Jimmy) Ernesto MORALES
    • Party: National Convergence Front / El Frente de Convergencia Nacional (FCN)
  • Candidate: Sandra Julieta TORRES Casanova
    • Party: National Unity of Hope / Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE)

Last Election:

  • The first round of the Presidential election was held on 6 September 2015, in which 5,390,005 people cast votes, making turnout 65%. James (Jimmy) Morales won 23.9% of the votes and Sandra Torres won 19.8% of the votes.[1]

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 14,647,083 (2014 est.)[2]
  • Registered Voters: 7,556,873 (2015)[3]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 7,423,314 (2014 est.)[4]
  • Is Guatemala a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (8 June 1981)
  • Has Guatemala ratified CEDAW: Yes (12 August 1982)[5]
  • Gender Quota: No[6]
  • Female Candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Legislators: 21 (13%) of 158 seats in the Congress of the Republic[7]
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 125[8]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium[9]

Disability Data:

  • Is Guatemala a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has Guatemala ratified CRPD: Yes (7 April 2009)[10]
  • Population with a disability: 2,156,021[11]
Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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