1917 Costa Rican general election

General elections were held in Costa Rica on 1 April 1917.[1] Federico Tinoco Granados had seized power in a military coup in January and was the only candidate in the presidential election. The elections were considered to be fraudulent, with Tinoco as the only formal candidate (although former president Rafael Yglesias Castro received 259 votes,[2] they were recorded as invalid ballots).[3]

1917 Costa Rican general election

1 April 1917
Presidential election
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Nominee Federico Tinoco Granados
Party Peliquista
Popular vote 61,214
Percentage 100%

President before election

Federico Tinoco Granados

Elected President

Federico Tinoco Granados

Tinoco enjoyed the support of the coffee and banking oligarchy that had been affected by the reforms of Alfredo González Flores, of important political figures including (at least initially) Máximo Fernández Alvarado and Otilio Ulate Blanco,[4] and of the Army[4] (commanded by his brother). But it also enjoyed, at first, a very important popular support and the Tinoquista regime convened a demonstration of strength that brought together some 25,000 people on 18 March 1917.[4]

Tinoco calls for presidential elections on April 1, 1917 as well as elections for deputies for the Constituent Assembly of 1917 that would draft a new (but short-lived) Constitution.[4]

Results edit

President edit

Federico Tinoco GranadosPeliquista Party61,214100.00
Valid votes61,21498.30
Invalid/blank votes1,0581.70
Total votes62,272100.00
Registered voters/turnout91,07968.37
Source: Nohlen, TSE

References edit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p155 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ "Historia de las elecciones presidenciales 1824–2014" (PDF). Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones de Costa Rica. 2017.
  3. ^ Nohlen, p176
  4. ^ a b c d Oconitrillo García, Eduardo (2004). Cien años de política costarricense: 1902-2002, de Ascensión Esquivel a Abel Pacheco. EUNED. ISBN 9789968313605.