May 20, 2013
Final vote count in Chubut ends in favour of PJ candidate
The final vote count in the Chubut gubernatorial elections ended with a difference in favour of the PJ candidate Martín Buzzi, although the provincial Electoral Court avoided proclaiming him governor-elect until it makes a decision regarding any additional elections in the three ballot boxes that were annulled due to irregularities.
After eight long days of recount, judicial authorities ended the final vote count in the provincial Legislature and under the close scrutiny of both candidates.
Even though the final result favours the Das Neves candidate for over 400 votes, the official results will be formally presented in Comodoro Rivadavia on Thursday at 1 pm.
The Electoral Court will also make a decision regarding a request by the Victory Front to nullify five precincts in Comodoro Rivadavia.
Once the final vote count ended, the Das Neves followers cheered in unison, as they assured that the difference between both candidates is 427 votes.
However, Victory Front Carlos Eliceche repeated that he would go to the provincial High Court of Justice hoping it will ratify his request to do a vote by vote recount, as he assured “we’re making these accusations because they are taking our victory away.”
Earlier, Buzzi, asked his Victory Front rival to “accept the election result and apologize to the population for making baseless accusations without having any real evidence of fraud.”
Buzzi also accused the Victory Front party of summoning union members in front of the Provincial Legislature, where the recount was taking place, in order to “apply pressure” on officials.
“We are now hearing that they are telling unionists to show up in front of the Legislature in order to apply pressure and change the outcome,” the Das Neves protégé complained in a press conference.