BUENOS AIRES – The ruling Cambiemos party leads the polls in the counting of votes of the main electoral districts, in the legislative elections held on Sunday in Argentina, according to the first preliminary results.
With 54.20 percent of the ballots counted in the province of Buenos Aires – which constitutes 37 percent of the electoral roll – the candidates to the Senate headed by the former Minister of Education Esteban Bullrich garnered 42.64 percent of the votes, followed by the Citizens Unity Party, led by former President Cristina Fernandez (2007-2015), with 35.96 percent of the votes.
President Mauricio Macri’s coalition candidates to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies also led in the following major electoral districts – Cordoba, Santa Fe and the city of Buenos Aires, where it secured over 50.69 percent of the votes, with 95.11 percent of the ballots counted.
In Sunday’s elections, 127 national deputies – half the Chamber – are elected for the 2017-2021 period, as well as 24 senators – a third of the total number of seats – for the next six years.
In addition, new deputies were also elected to the local legislative chambers of six provinces, including the Province of Buenos Aires.
The ruling party Cambiemos and the Citizens Unity Party took the lead in the province of Buenos Aires, which constitutes three seats in the National Senate – two for the most voted candidates and one for the second most voted.
Following those two parties were the center-left coalition 1Pais – headed by Sergio Massa – with 11.37 percent of the votes, and the Peronist Justicialist Party – led by Florencio Randazzo – with 5.28 percent.
The Workers’ Left Front garnered 4.75 percent of the votes.
As for the elections of deputies in the province of Buenos Aires, Cambiemos won 43.25 percent of the votes, while the Citizens Unity Party secured 35.11, followed by 1Pais with 11.11 percent, The Workers’ Left Front with 5.34 percent and the Justicialist Party with 5.19 percent.
National Electoral Director Fernando Alvarez explained at a press conference that all citizens can follow the elections’ results live by entering the website www.resultados.gob.ar
, on which the data is updated every five minutes.