Uruguay

House of Representatives

Political system
Presidential system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

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)
27 Oct 2019
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature
No information available
Timing of election
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections
27 Oct 2024
Number of seats at stake
99
Scope of elections
Full renewal

Voter turnout

Registered voters
2,699,978
Voters
2,433,364
Voter turnout
90.1%

Results

About the election

The Broad Front (FA), which endorsed former Mayor of Montevideo Daniel Martínez as its presidential candidate, remained the largest party in both chambers of the General Assembly but failed to retain the majority. It took 42 seats in the 99-member House of Representatives and 13 seats in the 31-member Senate (see note 1). The National Party (PN), which endorsed Mr. Luis Lacalle Pou as its presidential candidate, remained the second largest party.

No candidates secured the requisite majority vote in the presidential elections, held in parallel with the parliamentary elections. In the run-off elections held on 24 November, Mr. Lacalle Pou (PN) – the son of former President Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera – narrowly defeated Mr. Martínez (FA), who had finished first in the first round (see note 2). Mr. Lacalle Pou is due to be sworn in as the new President on 1 March 2020 – to succeed Mr. Tabaré Vázquez (FA) – along with his running mate, Ms. Beatriz Argimón, who will succeed Ms. Lucía Topolansky as Vice President.

During election campaigning, the major parties focused on security issues, promising to put more surveillance cameras and police officers on the street to tackle crime. The PN promised to reduce government spending to overcome a fiscal deficit of nearly 5 per cent of GDP.

Note 1:

In addition to 30 directly elected senators, the Vice President of the Republic is an ex officio member of the Senate and serves as the Senate President.

Note 2:

After the first round, Mr. Lacalle Pou (PN) forged an alliance with several political parties including the Colorado Party (PC), the Open Cabildo and the Independent Party (PI).

Number of parties winning seats
7
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition
42.4%

Parties or coalitions winning seats

Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political group Total
Broad Front (FA) 42
National Party (PN) 30
Colorado Party (PC) 13
Open Cabildo 11
Independent Party (PI) 1
People’s Party 1
Ecologist Radical Intransigent Party (P.E.R.I.) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
80
Number of women elected
19
Percentage of women elected
19.2%
Women Directly Elected
19
Sources

New legislature

Total number of men after the election
80
Total number of women after the election
19
Percentage of women after the election
19.2%
First-term parliamentarians
No information available
Percentage of first-term parliamentarians
No information available
Date of the first session
15 Feb 2020

First Speaker of the new legislature

Personal details for the first Speaker of the new legislature
Martín Lema (Male)
Date of birth: 1982
Political party
National Party (PN)
Date of election
15 Feb 2020

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No