Argentine provincial elections, 2011

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Most Provinces of Argentina will hold executive and legislative elections during 2011, electing Governors and provincial legislatures. The only exceptions are Santiago del Estero Province, whose executive and legislative elections are scheduled for 2012; and Corrientes Province, whose governor election is scheduled for 2013.

There will be also simultaneous local elections, whereby a number of Municipalities or Partidos elect municipal legislative officials (concejales), and in some cases also a mayor (or equivalent).[1]

Although most of the elections will take place on 23 October, the date of the Argentine general elections, each province stage the date of their elections according to provincial legislation.

Electoral calendar[edit]

Some election dates are not yet confirmed (not listed), and some can vary according to new legislation.

March 13[edit]

 Catamarca

On 13 March 2011, Catamarca Province elected Governor, 8 Provincial Senators, and 20 Provincial Deputies, thus renewing half of both chambers.

The ticket for Governor and Vice-Governor is elected by simple majority on a direct election, for a 4-year period. They can be indefinitely re-elected. Provincial Deputies are proportionally elected on a single district by D'Hondt method for a 4-year period and Provincial Senators are uninominally elected in each of the 16 Departments of Catamarca for a 4-year period. Both Deputies and Senators can also be indefinitely re-elected. Both chambers of the provincial legislature are renewed by halves every two years. Catamarca Electoral Law (Art. 90) establish the second Sunday of March, every two years, as the date for provincial elections. By law, women ought to held at least 30% of the nominations, in expectant positions.

Incumbent Eduardo Brizuela del Moral (UCR), who was looking for his third consecutive mandate with the alliance Civic and Social Front of Catamarca (FCyS) that governed the province since 1991, surprisingly lost the election to Lucía Corpacci,[2] a current National Senator and former Vice-Governor of Brizuela del Moral, who headed a Justicialist Party joint list (between both the pro- and the anti- national government factions). Lucía Corpacci will become the second female governor of an Argentine province ever.

Other candidates were: Liliana Barrionuevo, sister of union leader Luis Barrionuevo, for Primero Catamarca-PRO, Julio César Andrada for MST-Proyecto Sur, Ignacio Díaz for Polo Obrero-PO and Marcelo Cisternas for Concertación-FORJA.

From the 20 Chamber of Deputies seats and 8 Chamber of Senators seats to be renewed, the ruling coalition had 9 and 5 at stake. The departments which renewed senators were Ambato (FCyS), Andalgalá (FpV), Belén (FCyS), Capital (FpV), Fray M. Esquiú (FCyS), Pomán (FpV), Santa Rosa (FpV) and Valle Viejo (FCyS), each major political alliance electing 4 Provincial Senators.

Local executive and legislative elections were also held in 34 of 35 Intendencies of Catamarca. San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, the capital and largest city with about 50% of the total population) elected Raúl Jalil (FpV) as Mayor.

Catamarca represents 0,89% of the national electorate. Voter turnout was about 70%.

Summary of the 13 March 2011 Catamarca provincial election results
Provisional results (98,72% of votes)
Governor candidate Party or coalition Governor Deputies Senators elected
Votes Percent Votes Percent
Lucía Corpacci Front for Victory Alliance 85,495 48,22% 78,401 44,22% 4
Eduardo Brizuela del Moral Civic and Social Front of Catamarca 78,509 44,28% 74,969 42,29% 4
Liliana Barrionuevo Primero Catamarca-PRO 4,003 2,28% 4,727 2,67%
Julio César Andrada MST-Proyecto Sur 2,516 1,42% 2,964 1,68%
Ignacio Díaz PO 1,899 1,07% 2,546 1,44%
Blank votes 3,563 2,01% 5,441 3,07%
Null votes 1,124 0,63% 703 0,39%
Total votes 177,291 (70%) 100.00
Source: Catamarca Judicial Power (with department breakdown)

March 20[edit]

 Chubut

On 20 March 2011, Chubut Province elected a Governor and 27 Provincial Deputies, thus renewing the whole legislature. Chubut will also elect 3 members of the provincial Judiciary Council.

The ticket for Governor and Vice-Governor is elected by simple majority on a direct election, for a 4-year period. They can be re-elected for a single consecutive time, either in the same order or in alternating positions. The unicameral legislature, the Chamber of Deputies, is renewed every four years. The provincial deputies can be re-elected. The legislative election is direct in a single district: the most voted party gains 16 seats (60%) and the remaining 11 seats are proportionally divided among the following party lists, by D'Hondt method, without threshold.

The main candidates for Governor are the current Mayor of Comodoro Rivadavia, Martín Buzzi (Modelo Chubut-Federal Peronism, PJ), supported by incumbent Governor Mario Das Neves; and Mayor of Puerto Madryn, Carlos Eliceche (Front for Victory, PJ), allied to the national government. Two-times Governor Das Neves cannot run for re-election, and it is currently a presidential pre-candidate. Provincial parties Proyección Vecinal Chubutense (ProVeCh), second in the last elections and allied to the provincial government, as well as Acción Chubutense (PACh), will run on their own lists. Other candidates are Mayor of Rada Tilly Pedro Peralta, for the Radical Civic Union (that governed the province until 2003) and provincial deputy Fernando Urbano, for the Civic Coalition ARI.

The current Chamber of Deputies is made up of 18 pro-government (14 Modelo Chubut-PJ and 4 ProVeCh) deputies, 4 UCR, 3 Kirchnerites (2 former PJ, 1 former ProVeCh), 1 PACh, 1 ARI. Chubut represents 1.22% of the national electorate.

The elections yielded inconclusive results initially, as Buzzi's total of 37.8% (against Eliceche's 37.2%), and his winning margin of 1,551 votes led to a recount when irregularities led to a judicial injunction against results in six precincts totaling 1,967 votes.[3] Following a protracted recount process, as well a court-ordered re-vote held on May 29 in the six impugned precincts, Buzzi, albeit with a narrowed lead of 384 votes, was officially elected Governor of Chubut.[4]

Local elections were also held in 27 Intendencies. Results in these elections created an ironic twist to the headline gubernatorial race: Comodoro Rivadavia, where Buzzi had been Mayor, elected the opposition FpV candidate, Néstor di Pierro; and Puerto Madryn, where Eliceche had been Mayor, elected the opposition Federal Peronist candidate, Ricardo Sastre.

April 10[edit]

 Salta

On 10 April 2011, Salta Province elected Governor, 11 Provincial Senators, and 30 Provincial Deputies. Incumbent Juan Manuel Urtubey won with 59.57% of the votes.

Summary of the 10 April 2011 Salta provincial election results
Governor candidate Party or coalition Votes for Governor Percent
Juan Manuel Urtubey Front for Victory Alliance 327596 59.57%
Alfredo Olmedo PRO 138132 25.12%
Walter Wayar PJ 46728 8.50%
Claudio Ariel Del Pla PO 13388 2.44%
Diego Mariño UCR 9949 1.69%
Carlos Fernando Morello Movimiento Proyecto Sur 9201 1.68%
Alberto Tonda CC-ARI 4530 0.83%
Carlos Fernández Movimiento Independiente de Jubilados y Desocupados 1195 0.22%
Positive votes 550019
Blank votes 9171
Nulls votes 3602
Source: Generales Resultado (Final results with department breakdown; 100% of the votes)

May 29[edit]

 La Rioja

On May 29, La Rioja Province elected Governor and 18 provincial legislators. Incumbent Luis Beder Herrera won with 67.20% of the votes.

Summary of the 29 May 2011 La Rioja provincial election results
Governor candidate Party or coalition Votes for Governor Percent
Luis Beder Herrera Front for Victory Alliance 109605 67.11%
Julio Martínez Frente Cívico para el Cambio 32069 19.64%
Ángel Maza Frente Unión Riojana 17795 10.90%
Carlos Santander Partido Es Posible 1858 1.16%
Marcelo Lucero Nuevo Encuentro-Socialist Party 1419 0.87%
Pedro Gauna Frente Grande-Encuentro por el Proyecto Nacional y Popular 538 0.33%
Blank votes 8838
Nulls votes 1707
Source: eleccion2011larioja.com.ar (Final results with department breakdown; 99.48% of votes)

June 12[edit]

 Neuquén

On 12 June 2011, Neuquén Province elected a Governor and 35 provincial legislators. This included the first electoral success for the new Workers Left Front, with a legislator elected.

June 26[edit]

 Misiones

On 26 June 2011, Misiones Province elected its Governor and 20 Provincial Legislators.

 Tierra del Fuego

On 26 June 2011, Tierra del Fuego Province elected its Governor and 15 Provincial Legislators. On 3 July, Fabiana Ríos of the Patagonian Social Party (provincial section of CC-ARI) won the runoff with 50.66% against Rosana Bertone (FpV-PJ)

July 10[edit]

 Buenos Aires

On 10 July 2011, the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires held the first round of its local elections. The runoff is scheduled for 31 July.

Summary of the 10 and 31 July 2011 Buenos Aires Chief of Government election results
Candidate Party or coalition First round Second round
Votes Percent Votes Percent
Mauricio Macri PRO 830,016 47.08 1,086,971 64.25
Daniel Filmus FpV-PJ 489,760 27.78 604,822 35.75
Fernando Solanas Proyecto Sur 225,917 12.82
María Eugenia Estenssoro CC-ARI 58,483 3.32
Silvana Myriam Giudici UCR 36,372 2.06
Jorge Telerman Frente Progresista 31,002 1.76
Luis Zamora AyL 25,886 1.47
Ricardo López Murphy Partido Autonomista 24,834 1.41
Other candidates 40,563 2.30
Blank votes 22,543 1.25 42,568 2.38
Nulls votes 14,771 0.82 49,586 2.77
Challenged and appealed votes 2,142 0.12 4,088 0.23
Voter turnout 1,802,289 73.03 1,691,793 72.16
Source: C.A.B.A.

The incumbent Macri's running mate is María Eugenia Vidal. Carlos Tomada is the running mate of Filmus.

July 24[edit]

 Santa Fe

On 24 July 2011, Santa Fe Province elected Governor, 50 Provincial Deputies and 19 Provincial Senators.

August 7[edit]

 Córdoba

On 7 August 2011, Córdoba Province will elect Governor and 70 provincial legislators.

August 28[edit]

 Tucumán

On 28 August 2011, Tucumán Province will elect Governor and 49 Provincial Legislators.

September 18[edit]

 Chaco

On 18 September 2011, Chaco Province will elect Governor and 16 Provincial Legislators.

October 23[edit]

On 23 October 2011, the date of the Argentine general elections, 14 Provinces will hold elections:

 Buenos Aires Province

Buenos Aires Province will elect Governor, 26 provincial deputies and 23 provincial senators.

 Corrientes

Corrientes Province will elect 13 provincial deputies and 4 provincial senators.

 Entre Ríos

Entre Ríos Province will elect Governor, 28 provincial deputies and 18 provincial senators.

 Formosa

Formosa Province will elect Governor and 15 provincial legislators

 Jujuy

Jujuy Province will elect Governor and 24 provincial legislators.

 La Pampa

La Pampa Province will elect Governor and 26 provincial legislators.

 Mendoza

Mendoza Province will elect Governor, 24 provincial deputies and 19 provincial senators.

 Río Negro

Río Negro Province will elect Governor and 43 provincial legislators.

 San Juan

San Juan Province will elect Governor and 34 provincial legislators.

 San Luis

San Luis Province will elect Governor, 21 provincial deputies and 5 provincial senators

 Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Province will elect Governor and 24 provincial legislators.


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