Record Modified: Jun 05 2023

Aug. 11, 2019 Held


Republic of Guatemala

Election for Guatemalan Presidency


Cast Votes:3,476,758
Valid Votes:3,291,811
Invalid Votes:184,947


Alejandro GIAMMATEI1,907,696


Sandra Julieta TORRES1,384,005


More Info:

At Stake in this Election:      

  • The office of President of Guatemala

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Jimmy Ernesto MORALES*
  • Head of Government: President Jimmy Ernesto MORALES*
  • Assembly: Guatemala has a unicameral Congress of the Republic (Congreso de la Republica) with 160 seats.

* Current President Jimmy Ernesto MORALES is ineligible for reelection.

Electoral System:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve one four-year term. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the votes in the first round, the top two candidates go to a second round.

Candidates in this Election:*

  • Sandra TORRES
    • Party: National Unity of Hope / Unidad Nacional de la Esparanza (UNE)
    • Earned 25.54% of the votes in the previous election
  • Alejandro GIAMMATTEI
    • Party: Let’s Go for a Different Guatemala / Vamos por una Guatemala Diferente (Vamos)
    • Earned 13.95% of the votes in the previous election

Other sources: background, candidates


Population and Registered Voters:

  • Population: 17,577,842 (2019 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 8,150,221 (as of July 2019) (source)


Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 8,922,811 (2019 est.)
  • 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 Legislators: 21 (13%) of 158 seats in the Congress of the Republic
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 127 (2018)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2019)

Disability Data:

  • Is Guatemala a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has Guatemala ratified CRPD: Yes (7 April 2009)
  • Population with a disability: 2,237,850 (est.)