Nov. 8, 2016 Held

Puerto Rico

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Election for Puerto Rican Governor


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:1,579,624
Valid Votes:1,569,827
Invalid Votes:9,797

Vote Share by Candidate:

Ricardo ROSELLO655,626


David Bernier610,956


Alexandra LUGARO174,529


Manuel CIDRE89,890


Maria De Lourdes SANTIAGO33,452


Rafael Bernabe RIEFKOHL5,374

Election Results Modified: May 10, 2024

General Information

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico: Governor, 8 November 2016

At stake in this election:

  • The office of Governor of Puerto Rico

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Barack H. OBAMA (since 20 January 2009)
  • Head of Government: Governor Alejandro GARCIA Padilla (since 2 January 2013)
  • Assembly: Puerto Rico has a bicameral Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly) consisting of the Senado (Senate) with 27 seats and the Camara de Representantes (House of Representatives) with 51 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The governor of Puerto Rico is directly elected by a simple majority popular vote for a 4-year term.

Last Election:

  • The last election for governor of Puerto Rico was held on 6 November 2012. In this election, Alejandro GARCIA Padilla was elected with 48.2% of the vote, defeating Luis FORTUNO, who finished with 47.1%.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Ricardo ROSSELLÓ Nevares
    • Party: New Progressive Party/Partido Nuevo Progresista
  • David BERNIER
    • Party: Popular Democratic Party/Partido Popular Democrático
  • Alexandra LÚGARO
    • Party: Independent
  • Manuel CIDRE
    • Party: Independent
  • María De Lourdes SANTIAGO
    • Party: Puerto Rican Independence Party/Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño
  • Rafael BERNABE Riefkohl
    • Party: Working People Party/Partido del Pueblo Trabajador

Population and number of registered voters:

·         Population: 3,578,056 (July 2016 est.)

·         Registered Voters: 2,382,738 (2012)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,869,525 (July 2016 est.)

·         Is Puerto Rico a signatory to CEDAW: N/A

·         Has Puerto Rico ratified CEDAW: N/A

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 8 (15.69%)

·         Human Development Index Position: N/A

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

Disability Data:

·         Is Puerto Rico a signatory to CRPD: N/A

·         Has Puerto Rico ratified CRPD: N/A

·         Population with a disability: 536,708 (est.)

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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