2007 Guatemalan general election

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2007 Guatemalan presidential election

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  Alvaro Colom Caballeros with Obamas (cropped).jpg Pérez Molina cropped.jpg
Nominee Álvaro Colom Otto Pérez Molina
Party UNE PP
Home state Guatemala City Guatemala City
Running mate Rafael Espada Ricardo Castillo
States carried 15 7
Popular vote 1,449,533 1,295,108
Percentage 52.81% 47.19%

President before election

Óscar Berger
GANA

President-elect

Álvaro Colom
UNE

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 the 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[permanent dead link].

Presidential and vice-presidential candidates[edit]

National Unity of Hope
Álvaro Colom Rafael Espada
for President for Vice President
Alvaro Colom Caballeros with Obamas (cropped).jpg
José Rafael Espada (oficial) (cropped).jpg
General Secretary of National Unity of Hope
(2003–2007)
Founder of the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit of Guatemala
(1994)
Patriotic Party
Otto Pérez Molina Alejandro Castillo Sinibaldi
for President for Vice President
Secretary Kerry Delivers Remarks With Guatemalan President Perez Molina (cropped).jpg
No image.svg
General Secretary of Patriotic Party
(2002- )
Deputy of the Congress
(2004- )
President of IRTRA
(1962- )

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]

President[edit]

CandidateRunning matePartyFirst roundSecond round
Votes%Votes%
Álvaro ColomRafael EspadaNational Unity of Hope926,23628.251,449,53352.81
Otto Pérez MolinaRicardo Castillo SinibaldiPatriotic Party771,81323.541,295,10847.19
Alejandro GiammatteiAlfredo Vila GirónGrand National Alliance565,01717.23
Eduardo SugerErwin Lobos RíosSocial Action Centre244,3737.45
Luis RabbéHaroldo Quej ChenGuatemalan Republican Front239,2047.30
Mario EstradaMario Torres MarroquínNational Change Union103,6953.16
Rigoberta MenchúLuis Fernando MontenegroEncuentro por Guatemala100,3653.06
Fritz García GallontEnrique Godoy García GranadosUnionist Party95,2802.91
Óscar CastañedaRoger ValenzuelaNational Advancement Party83,3692.54
Miguel Ángel SandovalWalda Barrios RuizGuatemalan National Revolutionary Unity70,2082.14
Manuel Conde OrellanaJuan Francisco ManriqueDemocratic Union24,8930.76
Pablo MonsantoMariano Portillo LemusNew Nation Alliance19,6400.60
Héctor RosalesCarlos Pérez RodríguezAuthentic Integral Development18,3950.56
Vinicio Cerezo BlandónPablo Ramírez RivasGuatemalan Christian Democracy16,4610.50
Total3,278,949100.002,744,641100.00
Valid votes3,278,94990.682,744,64195.06
Invalid/blank votes336,9189.32142,5654.94
Total votes3,615,867100.002,887,206100.00
Registered voters/turnout5,990,02960.365,990,02948.20
Source: TSE, TSE

Congress[edit]

Party National District Total
seats
+/–
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
National Unity of Hope 720,285 22.84 8 44 52 +20
Grand National Alliance 521,600 16.54 6 31 37 –10
Patriotic Party 493,791 15.66 6 23 29 New
Guatemalan Republican Front 306,166 9.71 3 11 14 –29
Encounter for Guatemala 194,809 6.18 2 2 4 New
Unionist Party 192,295 6.10 2 4 6 –1
Social Action Centre 154,001 4.88 1 4 5 New
National Advancement Party 143,268 4.54 1 2 3 –14
National Change Union 128,109 4.06 1 4 5 New
Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity 112,249 3.56 1 1 2 0
Authentic Integral Development 45,082 1.43 0 0 0 –1
Democratic Union 44,359 1.41 0 1 1 –1
New National Alliance 43,148 1.37 0 0 0 –6
Front for Democracy 28,604 0.91 0 0 0 New
Guatemalan Christian Democracy 25,450 0.81 0 0 0 –1
Invalid/blank votes 452,503
Total 3,605,719 100 31 127 158 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,990,029 60.19 5,990,029
Source: TSE, IFES

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colom Far Ahead of Rivals in Guatemala Archived 6 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine 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 Archived 14 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine Elecciones Guatemala, 10 September 2007 (in 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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