Sergio Massa and Javier Milei These will be the two candidates who will compete in the second round on November 19 for the presidency of Argentina. The results were announced after the voting in which more than 35 million citizens were called to the polls.

Massa received 36% of the votes, while Milei received 30%, with 80% of the tables in the country counted.

According to officials, 74 percent of Argentina’s electoral rolls voted in this Sunday’s general election; This would represent the lowest turnout in such an election since the return of democracy to the country.

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The results obtained by the ruling party candidate Sergio Massa were the surprise of the day this Sunday after he was 6 points ahead of Javier Milei. With these data, the winner of the day was Massa, who achieved some improvement in the votes after the primaries held in August.

At around 18:00 (16:00 Colombian time), the polls closed and vote counting began.

Additionally, 130 national deputies and 43 Mercosur deputies will be elected in 24 regions (23 provinces and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires) and 24 senators in eight provinces.

Entre Ríos, Catamarca and the province of Buenos Aires will elect their governors, and the city of Buenos Aires will elect its head of government.

According to Guillermo Francos of the Libertad Avanza movement, Javier Milei’s party had ruled out winning the first round before the results were known.

The man who appears to be the Minister of Internal Affairs in a possible Milei Government appeared before the media this Sunday afternoon after the closure of the voting centers and commented that Milei was waiting for the data “very calmly”.

Avoiding commenting on who the hypothetical opponent of the libertarian party might be, Francos commented, “No one is thinking of winning in the first round; we all always thought there would be a second round of elections. Let’s wait for the result of the vote.” candidate in the second round.

Despite confirming that the LLA command lacked “concrete data”, Francos was “confident” when asked if Milei would participate in the second round.

Voting hours were between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the national territory (4:00 p.m. in Colombia). in that country It is mandatory for everyone aged 18-70, and optional for young people aged 16-18 and people over 70.

In the competition they faced Javier Milei, Sergio Massa, Patricia Bullrich, Myriam Bregman and Juan Schiaretti, The first three are the ones most likely to remain in office.

To win in the first round, one of the five presidential incumbents must win in today’s general election 45% or 40% of the votes and a 10 point lead over the second place duo.

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The City of Buenos Aires also chooses who will be the new head of Government for the next four years. But this time, unlike the system used in last August’s PASO (Primary, Open, Simultaneous and Mandatory), voters will use two paper ballots: one for national positions and the other for local positions.

People who cannot participate in the election and have a valid reason must go to the nearest police station with their documents and request a written document justifying the impossibility of voting, in order to avoid fines and other sanctions.

On this occasion, more than one million young people aged 16 and 17 will be able to vote in today’s general elections, representing 3.3 percent of the electorate. According to the figures of the National Election Directorate, there are a total of 1,168,033 adolescents aged 16-17; This number is almost 47% higher than in the last election.

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Source: Exame

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