The center-left Constituent Unit force was the big winner in Chile’s regional elections this Sunday.
With almost 100% of the votes counted, Constituent Unit won the victory in 10 of the 16 regions of the South American country, two in the first round and the other eight in today’s ballot.
The most important triumph was that of Santiago de Chile, where the candidate Claudio Orrego She won with 52.73% over Karina Oliva, who was promoted by the leftist coalition Frente Amplio.
Rather, the ruling party’s formula, Chile Come on, only won in one region, a setback for President Sebastián Piñera.
This was the first time in history that Chileans elected regional governors, who were previously appointed by the Executive.
Citizen participation was only 19.6%.
With 99.98% data reported by the Electoral Service of Chile, the Constituent Unit formula won the victory in eight regions in the second round this Sunday:
- Arica and Parinacota, Jorge Díaz Ibarra (57%)
- Antofagasta, Ricardo Díaz (72%)
- The lakes, Patricio Vallespín (62%)
- The rivers, Luis Cuvertino (59%)
- Maule, Cristina Bravo (57%)
- Ñuble, Óscar Crisóstomo (52%)
- O’Higgins, Pablo Silva (57%)
- Santiago, Claudio Orrego (53%)
In the first round they won Aysén (Andrea Macías) and Magallanes–Antarctica (Jorge Flies).
The formula of Wide Front rose in Tarapacá (José Miguel Carvajal, 57%) and in the first round in Valparaiso (Rodrigo Mundaca)
Chile Come on won in this second round in The Araucanía (Luciano Rivas, 58%).
Atacama it was for the candidate Independent Miguel Vargas (59%), as well as Biobio with Rodrigo Díaz (71%); Coquimbo was won by ecologist Krist Naranjo (62%).
A thermometer from Chile
This is the first time that governors have been directly elected by citizens, which poses a historic change in the political structure of the country.
Previously, there was the figure of the “mayor”, who was appointed by the president on duty.
Now, the new regional leader – who will take office on July 14 and he will remain in it for four years— he will become an important counterweight for the president by having popular representation, and he will have key powers for decision-making in the area he represents.
“The importance of this election is the democratization of regional governments, not only from the citizen’s point of view, but also from the political system itself, because a new actor is incorporated that, without a doubt, will be a counterweight to the central government“, explains the political scientist of the University of Santiago, Pamela Figueroa.
For this reason, for the presidential hopefuls it was of the utmost importance who is elected.
In addition, the elections prior to the presidential elections have historically been a kind of “thermometer” to measure political preferences of the Chileans.
Analysts pointed out that, if the balance is tilted to the left this Sunday, the candidates for the presidential seat of that bloc could benefit more.
“Those who win the election will be better positioned to kick off the presidential campaign,” Figueroa warned prior to the ballot.
The right wing of Chile Vamos was defeated this Sunday.
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