Guatemalan general election, 1978

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General elections were held in Guatemala on 5 March 1978.[1] No candidate received more than 50% of the vote in the presidential election, resulting in Fernando Romeo Lucas García being elected president by Congress on 13 March. The Congressional elections were won by the National Liberation Movement.

Results[edit]

President[edit]

Candidate Party Public vote Congress vote
Votes % Votes %
Fernando Romeo Lucas García PID-PR-CAO 262,960 40.33 34 100
Enrique Peralta Azurdia National Liberation Movement 221,223 33.93 0 0
Ricardo Peralta Méndez DCG-PRA 167,890 25.75 - -
Invalid/blank votes - -
Total 652,073 100 61 100
Source: Nohlen

Congress[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/-
National Liberation Movement 20 +4
Institutional Democratic Party 17 +3
Revolutionary Party 14 +4
Guatemalan Christian Democracy 7 -
Central Aranista Organization 3 -3
Invalid/blank votes - - -
Total 61 +1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p323 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6

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.