Argentina's presidential election heads to runoff

    Argentina's presidential election heads to runoff

    Oct.26, Buenos Aires: Argentina's presidential election is headed for next month after neither presidential candidate gained enough votes to win the poll outright.

    Under the Argentine electoral law, in order to win outright, a candidate must claim more than 45 percent of the vote, or at least 40 percent with a margin of 10 points over the runner-up.

    Centre-left candidate Daniel Scioli led exit polls, and just edged centre-right Buenos Aires mayor Mauricio Macri with most votes counted. Many had expected Scioli to lead by a greater margin.

    The run-off on 22 November will be the first time an Argentine election will be decided by a second round.

    With 86 percent of the votes counted, Scioli was marginally ahead with 35.9 percent of the vote, while Macri had 35.2 percent.

    Polling stations closed at 21:00 GMT after 10 hours of voting. At least 70 percent of the 32 million registered voters cast their ballots, authorities said.

    The Oslo Times


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