The Administrative Court of the Argentine northern province of Tucuman has ordered fresh elections for governor, annulling the polls which took place on August 23, in which a close ally of Cristina Fernandez and former Healthcare minister, Juan Manzur allegedly won by a considerable margin.
The election was protested by the main opposition candidate, Jose Cano, claiming many irregularities had taken place.
The claims were later supported by opposition parties which appealed to the federal Argentine National Electoral Court (CNA) that announced a set of additional rulings to ensure transparency for the coming October presidential election.
The ruling signed by judges Salvador Norberto Ruiz and Ebe Marta López Piossek partially upholds the injunction presented by the (opposition) Bicentennial Agreement party, while also asking for a new call for elections.
According to the statement, the provincial government has two days to put in place the necessary processes ordered by the judicial ruling.
The annulment had been requested by the opposition front, with José Cano as candidate, alongside the suspension of the final recount and new elections, on the grounds that the election in Tucumán shows evidence of an engrained fraud which goes beyond the events on voting day.
In the final recount, Manzur took 491,951 votes (51.64%), more than 110,000 more than Cano who took 380,418 (39.94%).