Costa Rican general election, 1948

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General elections were held in Costa Rica on 8 February 1948.[1] Otilio Ulate Blanco of the National Unity Party won the presidential election with 55.3% of the vote, although the elections were deemed fraudulent and annulled by Congress, leading to the Costa Rican Civil War later that year.[2] Following the war, the results of the parliamentary election were also annulled.[1] Voter turnout was 43.8% in the vice-presidential election and 49.2%.[3]



Candidate Party Votes %
Otilio Ulate Blanco National Unity Party 54,931 55.3
Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia Independent National Republican Party 44,438 44.7
Invalid/blank votes 0 -
Total 99,369 100
Source: Nohlen


  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p155 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ Nohlen, p178
  3. ^ Nohlen, p156