Buenos Aires, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) The polling stations opened normally today and 32,64,323 Argentineans are voting in a day full of expectation to elect a new president after an intense, prolonged and strenuous campaign.
Since 08:00 o’clock, local time, citizens began to go to the polls to decide between the candidate of the Front for Victory (FpV, in Spanish), Daniel Scioli, and the right-wing alliance “Cambiemos” (Let’s change), Mauricio Macri. One of them will substitute Cristina Fernández, who will finish eight years of presidency on December 10.
Scioli is accompanied by Carlos Zannini for the position of vicepresident and Macri, by Grabiela Michetti.
The FpV’s candidate has for this second round the support of 37.08 percent of the votes and Macri a 34.15 percent, in the elections that took place on October 25, but it was not achieved the 40 percent minimum required to define.
It is remained to see the decisions of the seven million voters who in that election day were inclined towards Sergio Massa, Nicolás Cano, Margarita Stolbitzer and Adolfo Rodríguez Saá, who were left out of the process.
Those seven million votes, as it is logical, will define the election.
The newspaper “Tiempo Argentino” believes that the proportion of voters in each of these four political forces, who now support Scioli or Macri, will be part of the explanation of the result as well as the the upward each leader has on their supporters.
Infonews notes that in the national context today it is defined the promise to ensure the continuity of the achievements of the last decade and to reach an advance in gradual corrections of the model, or the project of a sudden change with a vague scope but firmly defined against Kirchnerism.
The duel that closes one of the most intense electoral campaigns from the restoration of democracy in 1983, will finish setting up a new political map after 12 years of Kirchner’s management and with a non-Peronist opposition alliance in waiting position, the news service added.
For the journal “La Nación”, the day finally arrived. Argentineans can now attend to the thousands of schools across the country to vote. The electoral act, it is added, is guarded by 96,000 troops from the three armed forces and the police.
On the other hand, it reported that the Electoral Court is composed of the federal judge María Servini and the judges Jorge Morán, from the Federal Dispute Tribunal, and Fernando Posse Saguier, from the civil jurisdiction.
Polling stations will be opened until 19:00 o’clock local time, although some may remain operating while voters are waiting in line. The National Electoral Directorate announced yesterday that will provide the first results from 19:30.