Argentine provincial elections, 2011
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.
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.
Some election dates are not yet confirmed (not listed), and some can vary according to new legislation.
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, 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%.
|Provisional results (98,72% of votes)|
|Governor candidate||Party or coalition||Governor||Deputies||Senators elected|
|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%|
|Total votes||177,291 (70%)||100.00|
|Source: Catamarca Judicial Power (with department breakdown)|
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. 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.
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.
|Governor candidate||Party or coalition||Votes for Governor||Percent|
|Juan Manuel Urtubey||Front for Victory Alliance||327596||59.57%|
|Claudio Ariel Del Pla||PO||13388||2.44%|
|Carlos Fernando Morello||Movimiento Proyecto Sur||9201||1.68%|
|Carlos Fernández||Movimiento Independiente de Jubilados y Desocupados||1195||0.22%|
|Source: Generales Resultado (Final results with department breakdown; 100% of the votes)|
|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%|
|Source: eleccion2011larioja.com.ar (Final results with department breakdown; 99.48% of votes)|
On 26 June 2011, Misiones Province elected its Governor and 20 Provincial Legislators.
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)
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.
|Candidate||Party or coalition||First round||Second round|
|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|
|Ricardo López Murphy||Partido Autonomista||24,834||1.41|
|Challenged and appealed votes||2,142||0.12||4,088||0.23|
The incumbent Macri's running mate is María Eugenia Vidal. Carlos Tomada is the running mate of Filmus.
On 28 August 2011, Tucumán Province will elect Governor and 49 Provincial Legislators.
On 18 September 2011, Chaco Province will elect Governor and 16 Provincial Legislators.
Corrientes Province will elect 13 provincial deputies and 4 provincial senators.
Entre Ríos Province will elect Governor, 28 provincial deputies and 18 provincial senators.
Formosa Province will elect Governor and 15 provincial legislators
Jujuy Province will elect Governor and 24 provincial legislators.
La Pampa Province will elect Governor and 26 provincial legislators.
Río Negro Province will elect Governor and 43 provincial legislators.
San Juan Province will elect Governor and 34 provincial legislators.
- (Spanish) Decreto 17.262/59
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- "Chubut: gana el Peronismo Federal pero el kirchnerismo no acepta la derrota". Clarín.
- "Y 69 días más tarde se eligió gobernador". Página/12.
- (Spanish) National Electoral Direction - Ministry of Interior of Argentina.
- Argentina Elections.
- Andy Tow's Argentina Electoral Atlas (Spanish)