December 9, 2013
Radicals gain ground in Tucumán
Cano takes impressive 35 percent of the vote, but victory goes to FpV’s Manzur
The Radical Party yesterday gained ground in traditional-FpV-bastion Tucumán, with the list headed by José Cano taking an impressive 35 percent of the vote.
The victory, however, went to the ruling FpV, with the list headed by Health Minister Juan Manzur and backed by Governor José Alpe-rovich winning over 47 percent of the vote.
Fuerza Republicana’s Jorge Bussi came in third place with just over eight percent of the vote.
Including the PASO primaries, the Victory Front has won more than 45 percent of the vote in the last four electoral contests in the province.
However, the Radicals’ impressive results yesterday may signal something is changing in the traditional Victory Front stronghold.
Of the four Lower Chamber seats up for grabs, the FpV got two and the Radicals clinched two.
Manzur’s result yesterday showed a minor improvement from his showing at the August primaries — when he had taken close to 46 percent.
It was Cano, however, who showed a considerable improvement from his August results, when three separate lists for the Civic and Social Accord got an added total of 27 percent of the vote.
Tucumán’s more than one million voters account for 3.5 percent of the country’s electorate.
In spite of increased controls implemented after claims of irregularities during the primaries, local newspaper La Gaceta denounced yesterday that grassroots political leaders close to Alperovich were giving out bags with basic groceries to loyal voters.
Manzur said he wasn’t aware of anything of the sort and asked reporters “not to get him started” on what the opposition had been doing. He didn’t ellaborate.
Rumours about the ruling-party’s bags circulated on Twitter and Facebook but, after voting came to an end, National Electoral Secretary Rogelio Rodríguez del Busto said no official claims had been made.
He underlined that 80 percent of the province’s more than one million voters participated in yesterday’s election, a slight increase in comparison with the primaries.
In separate incidents, two candidates denounced they were assaulted after casting their votes.
Radical Party Lower Chamber candidate Silvia Elías de Pérez was robbed by two people on a motorcycle Her husband was beaten up and had to be hospitalized for a fractured clavicle.
La Gaceta considered the assault was “suspicious”, underlining that it took place just metres away from the Radical Party’s local headquarters.
Elías de Pérez looked set to win the fourth Lower Chamber seat for Tucumán last night.
Hours later, Popular Alternative candidate Clarisa “Lita” Alberstein said she had also been robbed by two men using the same modus operandi.
Alberstein considered that the “incidents show once again that the (provincial) government hasn’t done anything during the past 10 years to solve” the problem of insecurity.