Feb. 3, 2019 Held

El Salvador

Republic of El Salvador

Election for Salvadoran Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,733,178
Valid Votes:2,701,992
Invalid Votes:31,186

Vote Share by Candidate:

Nayib BUKELE1,434,856


Carlos CALLEJA857,084


Hugo MARTÍNEZ389,289


Josué ALVARADO20,763

Election Results Modified: Feb 12, 2019

General Information

At Stake in this Election:

  • The office of the President of El Salvador

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Salvador SÁNCHEZ CERÉN
  • Head of Government: President Salvador SÁNCHEZ CERÉN
  • Assembly: El Salvador has a unicameral Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly) consisting of 84 seats.

Electoral System:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a five-year term. If no candidate wins an absolute majority of the votes in the first round, the top two candidates head to a second round, scheduled for March 10.
  • The Legislative Assembly, which includes multi-seat constituencies and a proportional nationwide constituency is elected every three years to a three-year term. The current Assembly was elected in 2018.

Main Candidates in this Election:

  • Nayib BUKELE
    • Party: Grand Alliance for National Unity / Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (GANA or UNIDAD)
  • Carlos CALLEJA
    • Party: Nationalist Republican Alliance / Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA)
    • Party: Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front / Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN)
  • Josué ALVARADO
    • Party: VAMOS

Population and Registered Voters:

  • Population: 6,445,405 (2019 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 5,268,411

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 3,423,235 (2019 est.)
  • Is El Salvador a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (14 November 1980)
  • Has El Salvador ratified CEDAW: Yes (19 August 1981)
  • Gender Quota: Yes (for party lists in legislative elections)
  • Female candidates in this election: No
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 26 (31%)
  • Human Development Index Position: 121 (2018)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)

Disability Data:

  • Is El Salvador a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has El Salvador ratified CRPD: Yes (14 December 2007)
  • Population with a disability: 921,203 (2018)
Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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