Puerto Rican general election, 1996

Puerto Rican general election, 1996
Puerto Rico
November 5, 1996

Nominee Pedro Rosselló Héctor Luis Acevedo
Party New Progressive Popular Democratic
Popular vote 1,006,331 875,852
Percentage 51.14% 44.51%

Governor before election

Rafael Hernández Colón
Popular Democratic

Elected Governor

Pedro Rosselló
New Progressive

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General elections were held in Puerto Rico on 5 November 1996.[1] Pedro Rosselló of the New Progressive Party (PNP) was re-elected Governor, whilst the PNP also won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Voter turnout was between 80% and 82%.[2]



Candidate Party Votes %
Pedro RossellóNew Progressive Party1,006,33151.4
Héctor Luis AcevedoPopular Democratic Party875,85244.7
David Noriega RodríguezPuerto Rican Independence Party73,3053.8
Other candidates8080.0
Invalid/blank votes9,409
Registered voters/turnout2,380,67682.7
Source: Nohlen

Resident Commissioner

Candidate Party Votes %
Carlos Romero BarcelóNew Progressive Party973,65450.0
Celeste BenítezPopular Democratic Party904,04846.4
Manuel Rodríguez OrellanaPuerto Rican Independence Party68,8283.5
Other candidates4400.0
Invalid/blank votes9,409
Registered voters/turnout2,380,67682.2
Source: Nohlen

House of Representatives

Party Votes % Seats +/-
New Progressive Party906,69348.037+1
Popular Democratic Party814,95243.1160
Puerto Rican Independence Party140,9647.510
Other parties3460.000
Invalid/blank votes23,101
Registered voters/turnout2,380,67680.3
Source: Nohlen


Party National votes % Seats +/-
New Progressive Party886,45547.019–1
Popular Democratic Party772,04440.980
Puerto Rican Independence Party160,0058.510
Other parties4580.200
Invalid/blank votes23,101
Registered voters/turnout2,380,67680.3
Source: Nohlen


  1. Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p552 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. Nohlen, p553
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