Costa Rica

Legislative Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
02.02.2014
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
28.02.2022
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
57
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
15

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The National Liberation Party (PLN), in power since 2006, remained the largest force in the 57-member Legislative Assembly, taking 18 seats, down from 24 previously. The Citizens' Action Party (PAC) took 13. The Broad Front (FA) increased its share from one to nine seats.

Costa Ricans abroad were allowed to vote for the first time in the parliamentary and presidential elections. According to the constitution, President Laura Chinchilla Miranda (PLN) could not run for a second consecutive term.

The centrist PLN pledged to reduce poverty in the country. Its presidential candidate, Mr. Johnny Araya, the former Mayor of San José, argued that Costa Rica did not want extremism, neither from the left nor the right. The Citizens' Action Party (PAC) endorsed Mr. Luis Guillermo Solís, a former PLN member. The PAC promised to alleviate inequality, improve public infrastructure and fight corruption. The FA's presidential candidate, 36-year-old José Maria Villata, was the sole FA member in the outgoing legislature. The FA promised to pay for sex-change operations under the public health system.

None of the 13 presidential candidates secured 40 per cent of the votes to be elected in the first round. Run-off elections – the first since 2002 - are due to be held on 6 April between Mr. Solís (PAC) and Mr. Araya (PLN).
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
9
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
60%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
Yes
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Citizens' Action Party (PAC)
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
38
Number of women elected
19
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
33.33%
Sources
Legislative Assembly (05.03.2014, 07.05.2014, 01.01.2017)
http://www.tse.go.cr/declaratorias.htm
Women Directly Elected
19

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
38
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
19
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
57
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
01.05.2014
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Henry Manuel Mora Jiménez (Male)
Political party
Citizens' Action Party (PAC)