Uruguay heads to the polls with tight race expected

Uruguay's former President Jose Mujica, casts his vote at a polling station in El Cerro, Montevideo

Uruguayans headed out to vote on Sunday in the South American country’s general election, with the liberal coalition that has ruled for more than 14 years facing its toughest challenge yet from a resurgent conservative right.

Uruguay, famed for its beef exports, will elect the President and Vice President as well as members of both the upper and lower congressional chambers.

There are 11 candidates in Uruguay´s presidential race in total. Engineer and Former Mayor of the capital Montevideo, Daniel Martínez, 62, of the Broad Front ruling coalition is one of the favorites.
Former Mayor of the capital Montevideo, Daniel Martínez

Lawyer Luis Lacalle Pou, 46, of the right-leaning National Party — who rounded off his campaign on Wednesday with a massive rally — is also a front-runner.

Ahead of the election, Martínez was polling at between 40% and 43%, while Lacalle was in second place with between 25% and 28%.

If no candidate gets over 50% of the vote, the two with the most votes will meet again on the last Sunday of November for a run-off.

Uruguayans at polling unit ahead of national elections

The third and fourth placed candidates have said they will lend their vote share to whoever runs against Martinez, potentially providing Pou with a boost in the second round.

Results are due from 9 p.m. local time on Sunday.


Chidi Nwoke.