Guatemalan general election, 1985

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General elections were held in Guatemala on 3 November 1985,[1] with a second round of the presidential elections taking place on 8 December. The presidential election resulted in a victory for Vinicio Cerezo, who had received $650,000 towards his campaign from media owner Remigio Ángel González.[2] The Congressional elections resulted in a victory for Cerezo's Guatemalan Christian Democracy, which won 51 of the 100 seats. Voter turnout was 69.3%.[3]

Results[edit]

President[edit]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Vinicio Cerezo Guatemalan Christian Democracy 648,803 38.65 1,133,517 68.37
Jorge Carpio Nicolle National Centre Union 339,695 20.23 542,306 31.63
Jorge Antonio Serrano Elías PCDN-PRG 231,423 13,79
Mario Sandoval Alarcón MLN-PID 210,966 12,56
Mario David García Nationalist Authentic Centre 105,540 06,28
Mario Solórzano Martínez Democratic Social Party 57,368 03,42
Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre National Renewal Party 52,949 03,15
Lionel Sisniega Otero Barrios PUA-MEC-FUN 32,256 01,91
Invalid/blank votes 228,771 - -
Total 1,907,771 100 1,657,823 100
Source: Nohlen

Congress[edit]

Party PR District Total seats
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Guatemalan Christian Democracy 648,803 38.6 11 575,785 34.6 40 51
National Centre Union 339,695 20.2 5 342,742 20.6 17 22
PDCN-PRG 231,423 13.8 4 225,246 13.5 7 11
MLN-PID 210,966 12.6 3 254,276 15.3 9 12
Nationalist Authentic Centre 105,540 6.3 1 104,374 6.3 0 1
Democratic Social Party 57,368 3.4 1 60,946 3.7 1 2
National Renewal Party 52,949 3.2 0 70,514 4.2 1 1
PUA-MEC-FUN 32,256 1.9 0 27,234 1.6 0 0
Democratic Civic Front 3,631 0.2 0 - - - 0
Invalid/blank votes 228,771 - - 239,488 - - -
Total 1,907,771 100 25 1,904,236 100 75 100
Source: Nohlen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p323 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ Rockwell, Rick and Janus, Noreene (2001), "Stifling Dissent: the fallout from a Mexican media invasion of Central America, Journalism Studies, 2: 4, 497 — 512
  3. ^ Nohlen, p324

Bibliography[edit]

  • Villagrán Kramer, Francisco. Biografía política de Guatemala: años de guerra y años de paz. FLACSO-Guatemala, 2004.
  • Political handbook of the world 1978. New York, 1979.