Argentina will hold general elections on October 22

Alberto Fernandez Argentina

The general elections in Argentina will be held on October 22, with a possible second round of the presidential elections on November 19, after the National Electoral Chamber (CNE) approved today the schedule, which will include primaries on August 13.

This year’s national elections are intended to elect a president and vice president, 43 Mercosur parliamentarians, and 24 national senators -in the districts of Buenos Aires, Formosa, Jujuy, La Rioja, Misiones, San Juan, San Luis and Santa Cruz- of the 72 that form the Senate and 130 national deputies of the 257 of the Chamber of Deputies.

The electoral tribunal also ordered that it be enabled on June 24 to present the lists of pre-candidates for the primary elections and on September 2 to comply with the presentations of lists of candidates proclaimed in the primaries.

In the official coalition, the Peronist Front of All, there is still no defined candidacy and not even the Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, has spoken about possible re-election.

In addition, there is a feeling that the candidacy of the current vice president, Cristina Fernández, is being promoted, they would run for a third term, after those she served in 2007 and 2015.

However, last December, Cristina Fernández said that she would not be a candidate, something that she later corrected to say that she is “outlawed” by the Justice and her political enemies.

In the main opposition coalition, Together for Change, to which former President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) belongs, who has not yet confirmed whether he will run for another term, several candidates have launched their intentions to run, including the mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.

The candidacy of the libertarian Javier Milei, of the extreme right, rises whole, which reflects the disenchantment of the electorate with politics.

Given the obligation to hold a debate in two instances between the presidential candidates, the CNE ordered that they take place on Sundays, October 1 and 8, and, in the event of a second electoral round, an additional one on Sunday, November 12.

The second electoral round is held when no candidacy obtains more than 45% of the votes or 40% of the votes with a difference greater than 10 percentage points over the one that follows it in the number of votes.