A woman votes during general elections in Sumpango, Guatemala, March 25, 2023. © AP Photo/Moises Castillo


On Sunday, August 20, 2023, Guatemala will hold a second-round presidential election. This election follows the first-round presidential election held on Sunday, June 25, 2023, with the country’s legislative, local, and Central American Parliament elections.

With the runoff, Guatemalans will select their next president and vice president. With concerns about the economy, security, and corruption at an all-time high, Guatemalans can make their voices heard and channel their hopes and frustrations into political change. The past months and years have seen political retaliation against judges, prosecutors, journalists, and anti-corruption activists; the new government could enact the reforms and changes needed to set the country on another path.

Ahead of this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Guatemala: 2023 Presidential Runoff Elections