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Argentina's Electoral Court calls for cool heads on Election night before beginning celebrations

Saturday, October 24th 2015 - 08:57 UTC
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Judges Santiago Corcuera, Alberto Dalla Vía and Rodofo Munné made the request to representatives of the six presidential candidates in the race Judges Santiago Corcuera, Alberto Dalla Vía and Rodofo Munné made the request to representatives of the six presidential candidates in the race
CNE detailed measures that have been taken to boost transparency in the electoral process since the August 9 primaries. CNE detailed measures that have been taken to boost transparency in the electoral process since the August 9 primaries.
The definitive recount is expected to take approximately one week to be completed. The definitive recount is expected to take approximately one week to be completed.

Keen to avoid any kind of turmoil, Argentina's high electoral court called on all the parties running in the presidential election on Sunday to be prudent with their public statements on election night and to wait for a clear trend in the results before making any kind of comments that could affect the vote.

 Judges Santiago Corcuera, Alberto Dalla Vía and Rodofo Munné of the National Electoral Court made the request to representatives of the six presidential candidates in the race, underscoring that only the definitive recount carried out by the electoral justice has any legal value.

The provisional count, which is expected to be concluded around Sunday midnight, will dominate the headlines but if the results are tight it may not be possible to declare a president-elect. To win without a second round the winning candidate must muster 40% of the vote with at least a 10-point margin with the runner-up or win 45% of the vote outright.

Opinion polls in the run-up to the election suggest that the difference between Daniel Scioli of the Victory Front (FpV) and Mauricio Macri (Let’s Change) is hovering in that range.

The CNE also detailed the measures that have been taken to boost transparency in the electoral process since the August 9 primaries. The definitive recount is expected to take approximately one week to be completed. The provisional count is handled by the Argentine National Electoral Directorate, which is part of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

CNE called for cool heads shortly after Macri warned there is a “risk” that the irregularities seen in the Tucumán elections will be repeated as “archaic” paper ballots will be used once again. Macri was one of the key backers for José Cano, the UCR candidate in Tucuman who claimed that fraud had been committed against his bid to become governor, and was central to the brief unity seen in opposition candidates around the issue of electoral fraud.

The dispute toned down the rhetoric once a Tucumán appeals court and the provincial Supreme Court ruled that the results of the election were legitimate. Cano is appealing the decision, arguing that Governor-elect Juan Manzur of the FpV won the election through fraudulent means.

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  • ChrisR

    “The definitive recount is expected to take approximately one week to be completed.”

    This is just window dressing, the fix is in now and we all know who will “win”.

    Never mind TMOBOA (the mad old bitch of Argentina) will be back in four years! Be afraid, be very afraid! LOL

    I suppose that she could always be suicide, do they know where the little Bersa 0.22 lr rf pistol is?

    Oct 24th, 2015 - 11:23 am 0
  • ElaineB

    There is an interesting article in The Wall Street Journal today about the Kirchners. It seems they are losing favour in their Patagonian home town. Hence CFK hi-jacking the T.V. for a live broadcast of her opening a new (unfinished) public swimming pool. (Who says she does not control the majority of the media?) CFK has been to Rio Gallegos three times in a month campaigning for Fat Max and Alicia. Imagine if she lost that too…...

    Oct 24th, 2015 - 01:38 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    Just goes to show how thick argies are. Scioli is ahead in the polls. Kirchner, Kirchner & Co have ruined the country. Six months into the financial year and inflation is already 23%. The “blue” dollar is rising. Industry is failing. Power's off again. Then there's Kicilloff, Timerman, Anibal the Animal. That's what argies think are useful parts of a “government”.

    Come on, argies, use what little brains you have left. Don't vote. Wait and see the election “results”. Despite what you didn't do, you'll find that you did vote. Probably for Scioli. He's only a bookmark. Kirchner will be back. You still have money she can steal, lives that she can make miserable and property that she can make worthless.

    Oct 24th, 2015 - 02:45 pm 0
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