General elections were held in Panama on 5 May 2019. Due to constitutional term limits, incumbent President Juan Carlos Varela was ineligible for a second consecutive term. Businessman and politician Laurentino Cortizo of the centre-left Democratic Revolutionary Party won the election with around 33% of the vote, narrowly defeating Rómulo Roux of the centre-right Democratic Change, who won 31% of the vote.
Vote share by candidate
All 71 seats in the National Assembly
36 seats needed for a majority
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Of the 71 members of the National Assembly, 26 were elected in single-member constituencies and 45 by proportional representation in multi-member constituencies. Each district with more than 40,000 inhabitants formed a constituency. Constituencies elected one MP for every 30,000 residents and an additional representative for every fraction over 10,000.
In single-member constituencies, MPs were elected using the first-past-the-post system. In multi-member constituencies MPs were elected using party list proportional representation according to a double quotient; the first allocation of seats used a simple quotient, further seats were allotted using the quotient divided by two, with any remaining seats are awarded to the parties with the greatest remainder.
The President was elected through plurality vote in one round.
|Pollster||Date||Cortizo (PRD)||Roux (CD)||Lombana (IND)|
|Gallup Panama||17–21 March 2019||38%||21%||4%|
|GAD3||29–30 April 2019||36%||26%||20%|
|Doxa Panamá||23–28 April 2019||30%||32%||15%|
|Stratmark||22–28 April 2019||44%||27%||10%|
|Candidate||Party or alliance||Votes||%|
|Laurentino Cortizo||Joining Forces||Democratic Revolutionary Party||609,638||31.03|
|Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement||45,664||2.32|
|Rómulo Roux||Change to Wake Up||Democratic Change||564,297||28.72|
|José Blandón||Panama We Can||Panameñista Party||174,113||8.86|
|Ana Matilde Gómez||Independent||93,631||4.77|
|Saúl Méndez||Broad Front for Democracy||13,540||0.69|
|Source: Election Tribunal|
|Democratic Revolutionary Party||542,105||29.99||35||+9|
|Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement||92,340||5.11||5||+3|
|Broad Front for Democracy||22,711||1.26||0||0|
|Source: Tribunal Electoral|
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