BUENOS AIRES – The Supreme Court of the Argentine province of Tucuman on Monday reinstated the results of the Aug. 23 elections in the northwestern territory and ordered the proclamation of the winner as governor-elect.
The final count, released last Monday, ratified the victory of Juan Manzur, the candidate of President Christina Fernandez’s Front for Victory, or FpV, with 51.64 percent of the vote, compared with 39.94 percent for Jose Cano, leading an alliance of opposition parties.
The provincial high court voted unanimously to overturn last week’s ruling by an administrative tribunal ordering a new election.
The lower court acted in response to complaints from the opposition alliance about irregularities in the vote-counting process and isolated instances of ballot-burning.
A re-vote should take place only in those “precincts where the Provincial Electoral Board voided the election as a result of violent incidents during the voting,” the Tucuman Supreme Court said.
At the same time, the high court urged provincial authorities to “adopt measures to combat the scourge of political patronage” and to consider changes in the electoral system to guarantee a more effective protection of democratic values.
The ruling, which is subject to appeal to the Argentine Supreme Court, comes a little over a month before elections to choose a successor to President Fernandez.