Argentina’s electoral authorities set the general elections for October 22 of this year and, if necessary, there will be a second round on November 19.
The National Electoral Chamber approved on Thursday the schedule of the process that will conclude with the election of a president, governors, mayors and legislators just on the fortieth anniversary of the return of democracy.
Previously, voters must attend the open, simultaneous and mandatory primaries (PASO) on August 13, when the candidacies of each political party for the different positions in contention will be defined.
In the first electoral round, the applicant who obtains 45% of the votes or 40% and a distance of 10 points over the second most voted will be elected president. Otherwise, the two candidates with the most votes must meet in a second round.
While in the ruling party, President Alberto Fernández has not yet defined whether he will seek re-election despite the fact that he is empowered, in the opposition there are several interested parties.
The mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta; the former Minister of Security, Patricia Bullrich; the former national deputy, Elisa Carrió, and the governor of the province of Jujuy, Gerardo Morales, have already announced that they will compete in the primaries to define the candidate of the Together for Change coalition.
The electoral authorities, in addition, determined that the mandatory debates between the main candidates for the presidency will be on October 1 and 8. In the event of a second round, the two applicants will debate on November 12.
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