June 16, 2019 Confirmed


Republic of Guatemala

Election for President

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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 República) 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. 

Main Candidates in this Election:* 

  • Sandra TORRES 

    • Party: National Unity of Hope / Unidad Nacional de la Esparanza (UNE) 

  • Alejandro GIAMMATTEI 

    • Party: Let’s Go for a Different Guatemala / Vamos por una Guatemala Diferente (Vamos) 

  • Edwin ESCOBAR 

    • Party: Citizen’s Prosperity / Prosperidad Cuidadana 

  • Mario ESTRADA 

    • Party: Union for National Change / Unión del Cambio Nacional (UCN) 

  • Julio Héctor ESTRADA 

    • Party: Commitment, Renewal, and Order / Compromiso, Renovación y Orden (CREO) 

  • Roberto ARZÚ 

    • Party: Party of National Advancement / Partido de Avanzada Nacional (PAN) 

  • Edmond MULET ​

    • Party: Humanist Party / Partido Humanista 

* Based on polling. There are 21 candidates in this election.

Population and Registered Voters: 

  • Population: 17,577,842 (2019 est.)  

  • Registered Voters: 8,149,793 (as of March 2019)

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.)