Chile: 7 candidates seek La Moneda in election that ends 30-year hegemony of two coalitions

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In addition to electing a new president, the people of Chile must elect half the senators and all deputy and regional councillors.

Chile is running an unusual presidential election this Sunday, with seven candidates running for La Moneda The most uncertain of the last decades. There is no candidate who has overwhelming support to imagine victory in the first round. What is clear is that the country is witnessing the end of the cycle. Three decades after the return of democracy, in which there were two political coalitions alternating power.

Although there is distrust in the polls, previous polls showed the candidate of the right-wing Republican Party, José Antonio Cast, and the leftist and Communist Party of the Broad Front, Gabriel Borík, as potential contenders in the second round next month. , But priorities may have changed over the past week after a debate that featured a complicated cast and Boric in a winning attitude.

will be selected in these elections In addition to the President, even numbers and senators of metropolitan areas and the entire Chamber of Deputies and Regional Councilors (Cores), for which more than 14 million people are authorized to issue their preference.

The polling stations should be set up at 8 am and will remain open till 5 pm. At that point, elections will be opened to count the preferences, a process that can take a few hours due to the number of delegates to be elected.


The right to vote for Chileans living in Chile and abroad Voluntary, individual, egalitarian and covert.

For the president, all persons with voting rights in Chile and abroad may vote, but senators, deputies and people in the corps would only be within the borders. It should be noted that elections have been held in Chile since the beginning of its independent life in 1810, but for more than 200 years only those who were in the country at the time of the vote could vote. The right to vote of Chileans living abroad has been recognized since the 2017 elections.

For There are seven presidential candidates voting for the President of the Republic. Orders were given in accordance with the draws made by the Electoral Service (serval), which was overseen by the commandos of all candidates of La Moneda.

With regard to senators, those who are elected will serve a term from 2022 to 2026, and will be elected in the regions of Antofagasta, Coquimbo, O’Higgins, Uble, Biobio, Los Ríos, Los Lagos, Magellan and Metropolitana. Chamber of Deputies will be completely refurbished,

The pandemic forced us to take special measures like Go with mask, bring blue pencil and identity document, As long as voters who need assistance or are disabled can vote assisted.

In the event that a second round of elections -If no candidate has secured more than half of the votes cast-, then the final definition will be December 19,

A total of six out of seven candidates for the presidency of Chile participated in the final televised debate held last Monday
A total of six out of seven candidates for the presidency of Chile participated in the final televised debate held last Monday

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this time they are Seven contenders ran to rule the country, Although three of them were elected in the electoral process of their block, the other four independents are trying to reach La Moneda.

After the primary in his field, Boric defeated Daniel Jadu. – who was indicated as the favorite to win this primary – in I Approved Dignity Pact. In right when it was Sebastian Sichel who dominated alleged favorite Joaquin Lavin, As well as Mario Desbords and Ignacio Briones. Similarly, the constituent entity—the Liberal Party—after civil consultation with the New Deal Yasna Provoste wins over Paula Narvaez and Carlos Maldonado,

Thus, the ruling party political coalition, which brings together four centre-right and right-wing parties—UDI, RN, Ivopoli and PRI—is represented by a free sichell, Who was the Minister of Social Development and President of Bancoestado. Analysts say his main challenge is to command the ruling bloc behind him and to contain the right-wing influence of Jose Antonio Cast.

In the opposite way, the candidacy that seems to get the most votes is Gabriel Boric. The covenant approves of representative dignity -Broad Front (Democratic Revolution made up of Left parties and movements, Social Convergence, Commons, Unir Movement and Common Force), formed by Communist Party (PC) and Social Green Regionalist Front (FRVS) – He was a well-known leader of the university and from there he went to the Chamber of Deputies, represent his native Magellan.

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for its part, Senator for the Atacama, Yasna Provoste, became a rising figure after taking over the presidency of the Senate and becoming the opposition’s negotiating chief., After briefly refusing to be a presidential candidate, Provoste took up the challenge following the resignation of fellow Senator Ximena Rincón.

Also running strongly is Republican candidate Jose Antonio Cast, who was already a presidential candidate in 2017, when he received 7.93% of the vote., The far right has been the protagonist of many controversies during this process, and has spoken on issues of security, migration and development.

Also included in the President’s ballot Marco Enriquez-Ominami, Who represents Progressive Party (PRO) Ran for La Moneda in this race for the fourth time And each time he has got half the votes of his previous participation. Though he is not one of the favorites in these polls, his handling of the media has been a point in his favour.

The list of candidates also includes Eduardo Artes. The professor represents the Patriotic Union party, for which he had already on one occasion been nominated for first magistrate., He got only 34 thousand votes on that occasion, which was 0.51% of the total. represents a radical left vision and has expressed support for the North Korean regime.

Franco Paris is the seventh candidate for the presidency of Chile. The People’s Party candidate has run his entire campaign from the United States., the country in which he lives, which is why the rest of the candidate often confronted him that he had not participated in the debate or made his point. After several unsuccessful announcements, they would eventually have to follow the electoral process on television or social networks.


About participation projections and the new scenario, said election expert Cristóbal Hunas, director of datascience at Anholster and founder of Decide Chile DNA radio than this sunday This would be the most important election since the 5 October 1988 referendum. “It is the most unexpected that I remember (…) there have been many incidents that have an impact on the final result,” he said.

“With regard to the May election, I think one of the things we should be looking at on Sunday is Many older adults are going to vote because the pandemic is under control. The drop in participation above 50 that we saw in relation to the first round in May should be a reversal of that trend. The great unknown we have is whether the enthusiasm of young people we saw to vote for Gabriel Boric or Sebastian Sichel is being replicated or is it going to increase”, said Hunus.

But if we talk about the new configuration of the political map of Chile, Equally important will be the results of parliamentary elections. Not only because of the renewal of the entire lower house and more than half the Senate, but also because of the rearrangement of political forces expected for a new Congress. For the independent deputy, also known for his work as an electoral expert, Pepe Auth expects a scenario similar to the previous referendum that approved the Constitution of the Constitutional Convention. “The atmosphere is of waiting, of uncertainty, of excitement in the two most polar regions, Which indicates more involvement than justified. I think here it will be over 7 million (voters), there are some who have exceeded that figure in Chile, just recently thanks to the referendum. What do they have in common? The uncertainty it raises, because people know they can make a difference, is why most contested elections tend to be more participatory than guaranteed results. More people will vote in the second round as compared to the first round”, he assured.

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