Elections in El Salvador

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The government of El Salvador is a presidential representative democratic republic.

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El Salvador elects its head of state the President of El Salvador directly through a fixed-date general election whose winner is decided by absolute majority. If an absolute majority (50% + 1) is not achieved by any candidate in the first round of a presidential election, then a run-off election is conducted 30 days later between the two candidates who obtained the most votes in the first round. The presidential period is five years. Consecutive re-election is not permitted, though previously elected presidents may run for a second, non-consecutive term.

Salvadorans also elect a single-chamber, unicameral national legislature the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador composed of 84 members (deputies). They are elected by open-list proportional representation for three-year terms, with the possibility of immediate re-election. All 84 seats in the Legislative Assembly are elected on the basis of 14 multi-member constituencies (corresponding to El Salvador's 14 departments). They range from 3-16 seats each according to department population size.

Political culture

El Salvador has a multi-party system. Two political parties, the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) have tended to dominate elections. ARENA candidates won four consecutive presidential elections until the election of Mauricio Funes of the FMLN in March 2009.

Geographically, the departments of the Central region, especially the capital and the coastal regions, known as departamentos rojos, or red departments, are relatively Leftist. The departamentos azules, or blue departments in the east, western and highland regions are relatively conservative.

Schedule

Election

Position201220132014201520162017
TypeGubernatorial (March)
National Congress (March)
NonePresidential (March)National Congress (March)
Gubernatorial (March)
None
President and
vice president
NonePresident and vice presidentNone
National CongressAll seatsNoneAll seatsNone
Provinces, cities and municipalitiesAll positionsNoneAll positionsNone

Inauguration

Position201220132014201520162017
TypeGubernatorial (June)
National Congress (June)
NonePresidential (June)
National Congress (June)
None
President and
vice president
None1 JuneNone
National Congress1 MayNone1 MayNone
Provinces, cities and municipalities1 MayNone1 MayNone

Latest elections

2012 Legislative Assembly election

e    d  Summary of the 10 March 2012 Salvadoran Legislative Assembly election results
PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Nationalist Republican Alliance (Alianza Republicana Nacionalista)870,41839.76%33Increase2.svg 1
Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional)804,76036.76%31Decrease2.svg 4
Grand Alliance for National Unity (Alianza por la Unidad Nacional)210,1019.6%11Increase2.svg 11
National Coalition (Concertación Nacional)1157,0747.18%74Decrease2.svg 4
Party of Hope (Partido de la Esperanza)260,4862.76%14Decrease2.svg 4
Democratic Change (Cambio Democrático)46,8382.14%1Steady2.svg 0
National Liberal Party (Partido Nacional Liberal)14,3790.66%0Steady2.svg 0
People's Party (Partido Popular)10,9520.50%0Steady2.svg 0
Independents 314,0980.63%0Steady2.svg 0
Totals2,215,589100.00%84
1Compared to National Conciliation Party in 2009.
2Compared to Christian Democratic Party in 2009.
3Five independent candidates. Percentage and votes are cumulative.
4A MP from Chalatenango that won, ran on a joint CN and PES ticket and got 17,072 votes, or 0.78% (counted here for CN).
Source: Supreme Electoral Tribunal

2014 presidential election

CandidatePartyFirst roundSecond round
Votes%Votes%
Salvador Sánchez Cerén Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front 1,315,76848.931,495,81550.11
Norman Quijano Nationalist Republican Alliance 1,047,59238.961,489,45149.89
Antonio Saca Unity Movement 307,60311.44
René Rodriguez HurtadoSalvadoran Progressive Party11,3140.42
Óscar LemusSalvadoran Patriot Fraternity6,6590.25
Invalid/blank votes34,31019,579
Total2,723,2461003,004,845100
Registered voters/turnout4,955,10754.964,955,10760.64
Source: TSE [2] [3]

2018 Legislative Assembly election

2019 Presidential Election

CandidatePartyVotes%
Nayib Bukele Grand Alliance for National Unity 1,434,85653.10
Carlos Calleja Nationalist Republican Alliance 857,08431.72
Hugo Martínez Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front 389,28914.41
Josué AlvaradoVamos20,7630.77
Invalid or blank votes31,186
Total2,733,178100
Registered voters/turnout5,268,41151.88
Source: TSE

See also

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