Elections in El Salvador
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El Salvador elects its head of state – the President of El Salvador – directly through a fixed-date general election whose winner is decided by absolute majority. If an absolute majority (50% + 1) is not achieved by any candidate in the first round of a presidential election, then a run-off election is conducted 30 days later between the two candidates who obtained the most votes in the first round. The presidential period is five years. Consecutive re-election is not permitted, though previously elected presidents may run for a second, non-consecutive term.
Salvadorans also elect a single-chamber, unicameral national legislature – the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador – composed of 84 members (deputies). They are elected by open-list proportional representation for three-year terms, with the possibility of immediate re-election. All 84 seats in the Legislative Assembly are elected on the basis of 14 multi-member constituencies (corresponding to El Salvador's 14 departments). They range from 3-16 seats each according to department population size.
El Salvador has a multi-party system. Two political parties, the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) have tended to dominate elections. ARENA candidates won four consecutive presidential elections until the election of Mauricio Funes of the FMLN in March 2009.
Geographically, the departments of the Central region, especially the capital and the coastal regions, known as departamentos rojos, or red departments, are relatively Leftist. The departamentos azules, or blue departments in the east, western and highland regions are relatively conservative.
National Congress (March)
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National Congress (June)
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|Nationalist Republican Alliance (Alianza Republicana Nacionalista)||870,418||39.76%||33||1|
|Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional)||804,760||36.76%||31||4|
|Grand Alliance for National Unity (Alianza por la Unidad Nacional)||210,101||9.6%||11||11|
|National Coalition (Concertación Nacional)1||157,074||7.18%||74||4|
|Party of Hope (Partido de la Esperanza)2||60,486||2.76%||14||4|
|Democratic Change (Cambio Democrático)||46,838||2.14%||1||0|
|National Liberal Party (Partido Nacional Liberal)||14,379||0.66%||0||0|
|People's Party (Partido Popular)||10,952||0.50%||0||0|
|1Compared to National Conciliation Party in 2009.
2Compared to Christian Democratic Party in 2009.
3Five independent candidates. Percentage and votes are cumulative.
4A MP from Chalatenango that won, ran on a joint CN and PES ticket and got 17,072 votes, or 0.78% (counted here for CN).
Source: Supreme Electoral Tribunal
|Candidate||Party||First round||Second round|
|Salvador Sánchez Cerén||Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front||1,315,768||48.93||1,495,815||50.11|
|Norman Quijano||Nationalist Republican Alliance||1,047,592||38.96||1,489,451||49.89|
|Antonio Saca||Unity Movement||307,603||11.44|
|René Rodriguez Hurtado||Salvadoran Progressive Party||11,314||0.42|
|Óscar Lemus||Salvadoran Patriot Fraternity||6,659||0.25|
|Source: TSE 1, |