Guatemalan general election, 2007

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Guatemalan presidential election, 2007
Guatemala
2003 ←
9 September and 4 November 2007 → 2011

  Álvaro Colom Caballeros - World Economic Forum on Latin America 2010.jpg Otto Perez Molina - Guatemala 2007 cropped.jpg
Nominee Álvaro Colom Otto Pérez Molina
Party UNE PP
Popular vote 1,449,153 1,294,645
Percentage 52.82% 47.18%

President before election

Óscar Berger
GANA

President-elect

Álvaro Colom
UNE

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A general election was held in Guatemala in two rounds on 9 September and 4 November 2007. Voters went to the polls to elect a new President and Vice President of the Republic, 158 congressional deputies, and 332 mayors.

Results[edit]

A total of fifteen parties contested the election, though one of them (the Front for Democracy) did not field a candidate for the presidential election.

Presidential election[edit]

Around 60% of the voting public participated in 9 September first-round vote. However, no candidate secured more than 50% of the vote, and so a run-off election was held between Álvaro Colom of the National Unity of Hope (UNE) and former Army General Otto Pérez Molina of the Patriotic Party (PP) on 4 November 2007.[1][2]

The ruling Grand National Alliance (GANA), after placing third in the first-round vote, declined to endorse either Colom or Pérez Molina for the second round.[3]

With 97.23% of the vote counted in the second round, Colom was declared the winner with just over 52 percent.

Congressional election[edit]

The National Unity of Hope (UNE) made huge gains in the election, receiving 27.08%, nearly 10 percentage points more than November 2003. The Patriotic Party (PP), which ran independent of the Grand National Alliance (GANA), received 24.97% of the vote. GANA itself received 18.28% of the vote.[4]

Presidential and vice-presidential candidates[edit]

A full list appears on the Electoral Court's website.

Polls[edit]

Voting intention (%)
Poll by Date Colom Pérez Giammattei Menchú Suger Undecided
Siglo XXI [1] Nov. 2007 47.4 52.6 - - - -
BGC [2] Nov. 2007 48.0 52.0 - - - -
Prensa Libre [3] Nov. 2007 47.0 53.0 - - - -
El Periódico [4] Nov. 2007 39.4 35.1 - - - 25.5
El Periódico [5] Oct. 2007 37.3 39.8 - - - 22.9
Siglo XXI [6] Oct. 2007 46.2 53.8 - - - -
Prensa Libre [7] Oct. 2007 45.6 54.4 - - - -
Prensa Latina [8] September 2007 34.7 26.8 13.3
Siglo XXI [9] September 2007 41.4 39.3 9.5 5
Prensa Libre [10] September 2007 31.7 31.8 14.6 3.1 4.5 27.6
El Periódico [11] Aug. 2007 30.7 27.7 10.5 5.7 1.7 16.7
Prensa Libre [12] Aug. 2007 22 17.5 7.67 2.42 3.17 28.83
El Periódico [13] Jul. 2007 33 23.1 8.9 5.5 18.5
Prensa Libre[14] Jul. 2007 21.33 14.42 8.17 2.42 2.5 37.92
El Periódico [15] Jun. 2007 28 13.2 5.8 6.7 33.4
Prensa Libre [16] Jun. 2007 20.75 12.25 8.17 1.5 1
El Periódico [17] May 2007 25.9 15.3 5.6 6.2 36
Prensa Libre [18] May 2007 20.6 11.4 7.1 2.9 1.5
El Periódico [19] Apr. 2007 28.6 10.4 6.3 5.6 42.3
Prensa Libre [20] Apr. 2007 26.5 10 9.6 2.75 1.25
El Periódico [21] Jan. 2007 34.6 15.9 0.2 1.4 29.8
Prensa Libre [22] Jan. 2007 21.23 10.52 7.54 2.18 0.60

Results[edit]

Presidential election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 9 September and 4 November 2007 Guatemalan presidential election results
Candidates — Parties 1st round 2nd round
Votes % Votes %
Álvaro ColomNational Unity of Hope (UNE) 926,244 28.23% 1,449,153 52.82%
Otto Pérez MolinaPatriotic Party (PP) 771,175 23.51% 1,294,645 47.18%
Alejandro GiammatteiGrand National Alliance (GANA) 565,270 17.23%
Eduardo SugerSocial Action Centre (CASA) 244,448 7.45%
Luis RabbéGuatemalan Republican Front (FRG) 239,208 7.29%
Mario EstradaNationalist Change Union (UCN) 103,603 3.16%
Rigoberta MenchúEncounter for Guatemala (EG) 101,316 3.09%
Fritz García GallontUnionist Party (PU) 95,743 2.92%
Óscar CastañedaNational Advancement Party (PAN) 83,826 2.56%
Miguel Ángel SandovalGuatemalan National Revolutionary Unity–MAIZE (URNG–MAIZ) 70,080 2.14%
Manuel Conde OrellanaDemocratic Union (UD) 24,971 0.76%
Pablo MonsantoNew Nation Alliance (ANN) 19,377 0.59%
Héctor RosalesAuthentic Integral Development (DIA) 18,819 0.57%
Vinicio Cerezo BlandónGuatemalan Christian Democracy (DCG) 16,529 0.50%
Valid votes (turnout 60.5%/48.3%) 3,280,609 100.0% 2,743,798 100.0%
Blank votes 132,983 50,601
Invalid votes 208,260 101,214
Total votes 3,621,852 2,895,613
Source: Tribunal Supremo Electoral

Presidential results by department (2nd round)[edit]

Departments Colom Pérez Molina Write-in None
Alta Verapaz 92,610 81,977 3,656 6,939
Baja Verapaz 22,376 29,087 267 2,035
Chimaltenango 66,089 47,563 373 2,909
Chiquimula 39,094 38,980 574 3,118
Petén 44,204 36,750 1,808 2,471
El Progreso 21,836 17,638 238 895
El Quiché 81,915 60,504 3,679 5,618
Escuintla 95,315 46,550 5,326 4,413
Guatemala 297,114 436,551 20,421 31,171
Huehuetenango 85,218 63,271 3,267 5,184
Izabal 40,210 28,241 2,678 1,926
Jalapa 30,182 28,132 672 1,980
Jutiapa 52,968 45,416 498 2,307
Quetzaltenango 79,654 66,862 632 6,227
Retalhuleu 39,754 25,311 536 2,011
Sacatepéquez 36,644 34,105 175 2,031
San Marcos 92,670 58,837 1,708 6,459
Santa Rosa 45,191 33,700 230 2,340
Sololá 48,928 28,052 838 2,644
Suchitepéquez 67,738 39,717 2,112 3,515
Totonicapán 38,124 18,942 665 3,174
Zacapa 31,515 28,507 236 1,829
Total 1,449,349 1,294,693 50,589 101,196

Parliamentary election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 9 September 2007 Congress of the Republic of Guatemala election results
Parties and alliances Votes % +/– Seats +/–
National Unity of Hope (Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza, UNE) 721,988 22.81% +4.4% 48 +16
Grand National Alliance (Gran Alianza Nacional, GANA) 522,480 16.51% –7.8%1 37 –101
Patriotic Party (Partido Patriota, PP) 503,442 15.91% +15.9%1 30 +301
Guatemalan Republican Front (Frente Republicano Guatemalteco, FRG) 310,038 9.80% –9.9% 15 –28
Encounter for Guatemala (Encuentro por Guatemala, EG) 195,151 6.17% +6.17% 4 +4
Unionist Party (Partido Unionista, PU) 192,983 6.10% +0.7% 8 +1
Social Action Centre (Centro de Acción Social, CASA) 154,718 4.89% +4.9% 5 +5
National Advancement Party (Partido de Avanzada Nacional, PAN) 144,910 4.58% –6.3% 4 –13
Nationalist Change Union (Union del Cambio Nacionalista, UCN) 128,593 4.06% +4.1% 4 +4
Guatemalan National Revolucionary Unity–MAIZE
(Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca–MAIZ, URNG–MAIZ)
103,480 3.27% –0.9% 2 ±0
Authentic Integral Development (Desarrollo Integral Auténtico, DIA) 45,142 1.43% –1.6% –1
Democratic Union (Unión Democrática, UD) 44,488 1.41% –0.8% 1 –1
New National Alliance (Alianza Nueva Nación, ANN) 42,790 1.35% –3.5% –6
Front for Democracy (Frente por la Democracia, EL FRENTE) 28,798 0.91% +0.9% ±0
Guatemalan Christian Democracy (Democracia Cristiana Guatemalteca, DCG) 26,190 0.83% –2.4% –1
Valid votes (turnout 60.5%) 3,165,191 100.0 158
Blank votes 212,615
Invalid votes 244,082
Total votes 3,621,888
Source: Tribunal Supremo Electoral and Prensa Libre

1 In the 2003 election, the Patriotic Party was part of the Grand National Alliance, which has since become a party.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colom Far Ahead of Rivals in Guatemala Angus Reid Global Monitor, 13 February 2007
  2. ^ Guatemala heads for run-off vote BBC News, 10 September 2007
  3. ^ GANA Party Stays Neutral Prensa Latina, 13 September 2007
  4. ^ UNE se coloca arriba PP baja Elecciones Guatemala, 10 September 2007 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Guatemala Nobel Prize winner Menchu halts presidential campaign People's Daily, 27 August 2007
  6. ^ Menchú NO ha cerrado campaña por falta de recursos

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