Elections in Chile: Gabriel Boric and José Antonio Kast go to the second presidential round

According to the Servel, the scrutiny percentage corresponds to 45,726 out of a total of 46,887 tables that must be scrutinized. Photo: Portal Cenital

After reporting a scrutiny of 97.52 percent of the polling stations, the Electoral Service (Servel) of Chile shows that the second round for the Presidency will take place between the candidate of Approve Dignity, Gabriel Boric, and the far-right José Antonio Kast on the next 19 from December.

According to the Servel, the scrutiny percentage corresponds to 45,726 out of a total of 46,887 tables that must be scrutinized. For the moment, Kast leads this first round with 27.93 percent and Boric follows with 25.76 percentage points.

For her part, the candidate for the New Social Pact coalition, Yasna Provoste, obtains 11.64 percent (795 497 votes), while Sebastián Sichel (868 160 votes) and Franco Parisi (879 667) are achieving 12.71 and 12.88 for percent of the votes, respectively.

Below are the candidates Marco Enríquez-Ominami with 7.61 percent (519 778 votes) and Professor Eduardo Artés Brichetti with 1.47 percentage points (100 268 votes).

It is necessary to emphasize that regarding the votes abroad, the Boric candidate swept countries such as Germany, France, Spain, Finland, Italy and New Zealand; while Kast achieved a majority in Israel.

The country’s president, Sebastián Piñera, congratulated Boric and Kast for advancing to the second round, at the same time acknowledging that Chile needs to advance, “we need to build a good country for everyone, where we can fulfill our dreams,” he added.

“The future president of Chile will have to face enormous and demanding challenges, such as the fight against climate change, against the pandemic, as well as accompany the dreams and needs of Chileans,” said the president.

Candidate statement

The candidate for Approve Dignity, Gabriel Boric, asserted that it is not the first time that the alternative sectors are at a disadvantage, “we must work for the unity of the democrats, It is not the first time that we started from behind, we already did it when we broke the binominal and for education and I have no doubts that with unity, we will achieve victory, “he added.

“We have come to be the spokesmen for hope, dialogue and unity, the crusade for which we are going to deploy throughout Chile is to overcome fear. I deeply appreciate the trust of the thousands of Chileans,” said Boric.

The candidate Boric asserted that his project defends the principles of justice and dignity, “we come from a long-term struggle, from those of us who voted against the dictatorship to those of us who are fighting to protect the environment,” he added.

“Let us not fall for any harm or provocation, our duty is to listen and understand, today our duty is to convince that we are a way to build a fairer country,” said Boric.

For his part, the Pinochet candidate, José Antonio Kast, thanked his militancy for their support on this day, “andThis is a path that was worthwhile, we are representing millions of Chileans who look to the future with hope “, he said.

“Thank you for supporting the project, I thank each Chilean who trusted us. We want to summon more Chileans and show them why it is important to increase this project. Today we took the first step to make hope come true,” said Kast.

Kast emphasized that his project does not seek to discriminate, “Chile is a country where no one is superfluous, beyond political differences, we have to regain unity and progress in justice,” he added.

“We need to reduce the State, we need to give respect to the Carabineros and the Armed Forces, we do not want to go to the route to countries that are very complicated (…) We want to move forward because there is the development that pulls us up,” said the Pinochetist candidate.

After knowing the results of the vote, the president of the Socialist Party (PS), Alvaro Elizalde, called on his militancy to vote in the second round for Boric in the face of the danger of the return of Pinochetism to La Moneda, “Kast constitutes a threat and a threat to the lives of Chileans, “he said.

Election day was carried out with great influx, as well as complaints in some areas where polling stations were closed despite the presence of citizens who were waiting to exercise their right to vote.

These complaints occurred although the Servel authorities insisted that as long as the citizens are in line, their right would be respected, “as long as there is a voter who is queuing inside or outside the premises, the table must receive the vote of all of them before to proceed with the closure, “they said.

Chileans, in addition to electing a new president, also choose their representatives in the Chamber of Deputies, Senators and Regional Councils on this day.

(Taken from TeleSur)

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