In Argentina's first General Election in almost ten years, on Sunday (11 March), a big presidential vote want to the Peronist candidate, Dr.
In Argentina's first General Election in almost ten years, on Sunday (11 March), a big presidential vote want to the Peronist candidate, Dr. Hector Campora.
With results from all but 800 of the 55,000 polling centres in, Dr. Campora had polled 49 per cent of the votes, just short of the 50 per cent needed to win outright. But President Lanusse indicated that a second round run-off will not be necessary.
Dr. Campora, aged 63, was chosen as presidential candidate by ex-President Peron himself. Senor Peron was barred from running by the military government headed by General Lanusse.
The Army mobilised more than 200,000 soldiers to deter violence at Sunday's (11 March) poll. More than 3 million of the registered voters were under 25 years old, and were voting for the first time.
Before the poll, General Lanusse warned the people they could "win or lose everything" at the election. He promised to hand over power to the winner of the election on 25 May, but added that the armed forces would not allow a return to "dictatorship and violence".
According to figures published before counting finished on Saturday night, Radical party candidate Ricardo Balbia Dr. Campora's nearest rival, had 21 per cent of the total vote. Vicente Solano Lima took most of the votes for the position of Peronist Vice-President.