1924 Panamanian general election

General elections were held in Panama on 2 September 1924 to elect both a new President of the Republic and a new National Assembly.

The American government remained aloof and permitted Panamanians to manage their own affairs. Rodolfo Chiari, the Liberal candidate, defeated General Manuel Quintero Villarreal, the commander of the Panamanian army at Coto and the leader of the opposition, for the presidency in an election of ‘orden perfecto’. [1]

One practice that grew out of the struggle for control of the electoral board was the ‘paquetazo,’ which amounted to stuffing the ballot boxes with ghost votes, thereby giving the party that controlled the board a landslide victory in a particularly difficult to monitor, remote part of the country. One of the more blatant cases occurred in 1924. Rodolfo Chiari, the administration’s hand-picked candidate, easily won the 1924 election, including a landslide margin among the indigenous people of San Blas. There police intimidation resulted in a margin of 594 to 17 in favor of Chiari. [2]

Results edit

President edit

Rodolfo ChiariChiarista Liberal PartyConservative Party 28,37685.78
Manuel Quintero VillarrealPorrista Liberal Party4,70514.22
Source: Escritas Históricos de Panamá

National Assembly edit

Liberal Party 38
Conservative Party 8
Source: Political Handbook of the World[3]

References edit

  1. ^ McCain, William D. The United States and the Republic of Panama. New York: Russell & Russell. Reprint of 1937 edition. 1967. Pp. 75.
  2. ^ Pearcy, Thomas L. We answer only to God: politics and the military in Panama, 1903-1947. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 1998. Pp. 42.
  3. ^ Political Handbook of the World, 1928. New York, 1928. Pp. 144.