Guatemalan general election, 2003

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Guatemalan presidential election, 2003
Guatemala
1999 ←
9 November 2003 → 2007

  Óscar Berger Perdomo 2005.jpg Álvaro Colom Caballeros - World Economic Forum on Latin America 2010.jpg
Nominee Óscar Berger Álvaro Colom
Party GANA UNE
Popular vote 1,235,303 1,046,868
Percentage 54.1% 45.9%

President before election

Alfonso Portillo
FRG

President-elect

Óscar Berger
GANA

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General elections were held in Guatemala on 9 November 2003, with a second round of the presidential election held on 28 December.[1] Óscar Berger won the presidential election, representing the Grand National Alliance, a coalition of alliance of the Patriotic Party, the Reform Movement and the National Solidarity Party. The Alliance were also victorious in the Congressional elections, winning 47 of the 158 seats. Voter turnout was 57.9% in the Congressional elections, 58.9% in the first round of the presidential elections and 46.8% in the second.[2]

Presidential election[edit]

The ruling Republican Front of Guatemala (FRG) nominated former military ruler Efraín Ríos Montt to succeed outgoing president Alfonso Portillo Cabrera. A constitutional ban on former coup leaders (Ríos Montt during 1982-83) led to strong conflict inside the country, including the besiegement of Guatemala for a day: 24 July 2003, known as jueves negro ("Black Thursday"). In the first round of voting, Ríos Montt came third behind the centrist mayor of Guatemala City, Óscar Berger, and the more left-wing candidate Álvaro Colom.

Results[edit]

President[edit]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Óscar Berger Grand National Alliance 921,233 34.3 1,235,303 54.1
Álvaro Colom National Unity of Hope 707,578 26.4 1,046,868 45.9
Efraín Ríos Montt Guatemalan Republican Front 518,328 19.3
Leonel Eliseo Lopez Rodas National Advancement Party 224,127 8.4
Frederich García-Galont Bischof Unionist Party 80,943 3.0
Rodrigo Asturias Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity 69,297 2.6
Eduardo Suger Authentic Integral Development 59,774 2.2
Jacobo Arbenz Villanova Guatemalan Christian Democracy 42,186 1.6
José Angel Lee Duarte Social Participative Democracy 37,505 1.4
Francisco Arredondo National Union 11,979 0.4
Manuel Eduardo Conde Orellana Social and Political Movement National Change 10,829 0.4
Invalid/blank votes 253,390 91,298
Total 2,937,169 100 2,373,469 100
Sources: Nohlen; European Union Electoral Observation Mission Final Report (p. 19 - first round, p. 20 - second round)[3]

Congress[edit]

Party PR District Total seats
Votes % Votes %
Grand National Alliance 620,121 24.3 504,010 23.0 49
Guatemalan Republican Front 502,470 19.7 486,019 22.2 41
National Unity of Hope 457,308 17.9 362,859 16.5 30
National Advancement Party 278,393 10.9 270,549 12.3 17
Unionist Party 157,893 6.2 133,663 6.1 7
New Nation Alliance 123,853 4.9 59,891 2.7 6
Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity 107,276 4.2 93,980 4.3 2
Guatemalan Christian Democracy 82,234 3.2 78,523 3.6 0
Authentic Integral Development 75,295 2.9 67,456 3.1 1
Democratic Union 55,793 2.2 55,321 2.5 2
Social Participative Democracy 28,425 1.1 29,109 1.3 0
Transparency 27,740 1.1 21,421 1.0 0
Social and Political Movement National Change 18,005 0.7 15,265 0.5 0
National Union 17,478 0.7 10,274 0.5 0
Other parties 4,204 0.2 0
Invalid/blank results 384,562 318,828
Total 2,936,936 100 2,511,372 100 158
Sources: Nohlen; European Union Electoral Observation Mission Final Report (p. 19)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p323 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ Nohlen, p324
  3. ^ a b "Guatemala General Elections 2003: European Union Electoral Observation Mission Final Report". European External Action Service. Retrieved December 3, 2012.