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Honduras

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National Congress

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.
26.11.2017
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.
30.11.2021
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.
128
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

The number of candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
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.
10

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
5,355,112

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
As in the previous elections, no party won an outright majority in the 128-member National Congress. President Juan Orlando Hernandez' National Party (PN) increased its share of seats from 48 to 61. Mr. Hernandez became the first Honduran President to run for a second term after the Supreme Court lifted a ban on re-election in 2015. The Opposition Alliance (see note), endorsing Mr. Salvador Nasralla, the leader of the Anti-Corruption Party (PAC), as its joint presidential candidate, took a total of 35 seats. The Liberal Party (PL), now led by Mr. Luis Zelaya, remained the third largest party. Both President Hernandez and Mr. Nasralla, a TV journalist, claimed victory in the presidential elections, prompting post-electoral violence. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on anti-corruption measures and the fight against criminal gangs. The opposition criticized the incumbent President, alleging that social security funds had been used in his 2013 presidential campaign. Note: In May 2017, the Liberty and Refoundation Party (LIBRE, led by Ms. Xiomara Castro, wife of former President Manuel Zelaya) and the Innovation and Unity Party - Social Democrats (PINU-SD) signed the Agreement of the Opposition Alliance against the dictatorship. Negotiations leading to this agreement had led by former President Zelaya, who had been ousted in 2009 in a move backed by the PN and the Liberal Party (PL). Several PL members left to form LIBRE prior to the 2013 elections. In May 2017, PL leader Luis Zelaya (no relation to the former President) called on former members to return to the PL, to reunite the party. The PL declined an invitation to join the Opposition Alliance for the 2017 elections.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
8
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.
80%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
47.66%
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
National Party (PN) 61
Liberty and Refoundation Party (LIBRE) 30
Liberal Party (PL) 26
Innovation and Unity Party - Social Democrats (PINU-SD) 4
Honduran Patriotic Alliance 4
Party of Democratic Unification (UD) 1
Christian Democratic Party of Honduras (DC) 1
Anti-Corruption Party (PAC) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
101
Number of women elected
27
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.
21.09%
Sources
Tribunal Supremo Electoral International Foundation for Electoral Systems BBC Reuters The Guardian Global Americans Liberal International Hondudiario Partido Libertad y Refundación LIBRE Liberales El Heraldo
Women Directly Elected
27

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.
101
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.
27
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.
21.01.2018
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.
Mauricio Oliva Herrera (Male)
Political party
National Party (PN)
Date of election
21.01.2018