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Chilean presidential candidates: (left to right/top to bottom) Michelle Bachelet, Tomás Hirsch, Joaquín Lavín, Sebastián Piñera
Chilean presidential candidates: (left to right/top to bottom) Michelle Bachelet, Tomás Hirsch, Joaquín Lavín, Sebastián Piñera
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A presidential election took place in Chile on Sunday, December 11, 2005. None of the four candidates received an absolute majority, thus a runoff election among the top two candidates — Michelle Bachelet from the Coalition of Parties for Democracy and Sebastián Piñera from National Renewal — was held on Sunday, January 15, 2006. Bachelet was victorious with 53.5% of the vote, according to preliminary results. She succeeds President Ricardo Lagos on March 11, 2006 for a period of four years, after Congress reformed the Constitution in September 2005 and reduced the term from six years. December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Runoff voting is a voting system used in single-seat elections. ... Michelle Bachelet in a promotional campaign image Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria (born September 29, 1951) is a Chilean Socialist politician and the first woman to be elected president of this country. ... The Concertación de Partidos por la Democracia (Spanish Coalition of Parties for Democracy) is an alliance of left political parties in Chile. ... Sebastián Piñera during a televised presidential debate (2005) Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique (born December 1, 1949) is a Chilean businessman and presidential candidate. ... National Renewal (RN) (Spanish: Renovación Nacional), is a center-right political party belonging to the Chilean right-wing political coalition Alliance for Chile in conjunction with the Independent Democratic Union (UDI). ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag of the President of Chile The President of Chile is both the chief of state and the head of government. ... Ricardo Froilán Lagos Escobar (born March 2, 1938) is a Socialist politician and the president of Chile since 2000. ... 11 March is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (71st in Leap year). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Congress building The National Congress (Spanish: Congreso Nacional) is the legislative branch of the government of the Republic of Chile. ... Ongoing events • Abramoff-Reed gambling scandal • Atlantic hurricane season • Avian influenza (H5N1) outbreak • Bali bombings investigation • California wildfires • UK Conservative Party leadership election • DeLay political financing scandal • Dengue outbreak in Singapore • Fuel prices / Peak oil • Harriet Miers nomination and hearings • Hurricane Wilma • Irans nuclear program • Kashmir earthquake • London bombings...


All citizens of Chile as well as foreigners legally residing in Chile for at least five years, who are 18 years of age or older, were eligible to enroll and subsequently vote in the elections. Enrollment is voluntary, however, once electors were registered, it was compulsory for them to vote in each and every election. Although there were a record number of voters (more than 8 million) registered for the election, the total number of votes cast in each round declined in comparison with the past election. Politics of Chile Political parties in Chile Elections in Chile: President: 1970 - 1989 - 1993 - 1999 - 2005 Results First round Second round (runoff) Source: Chile Ministry of Interior See also Politics of Chile List of political parties in Chile Categories: Elections in Chile | 1999 ...


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Presidential candidates

Michelle Bachelet (PS)

Bachelet, who led in every major poll, served a brief tenure as Health Minister before President Lagos named her as Chile's first female Defense Minister in 2002. She was supported by the Coalition of Parties for Democracy, which has governed Chile since 1990. The coalition consisted of four parties: the Christian Democratic Party (PDC), the Party for Democracy (PPD), the Socialist Party (PS), and the Social Democrat Radical Party (PRSD). Michelle Bachelet in a promotional campaign image Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria (born September 29, 1951) is a Chilean Socialist politician and the first woman to be elected president of this country. ... The Socialist Party of Chile (Spanish: Partido Socialista de Chile or PS) is a political party in Chile, and part of the ruling Coalition of Parties for Democracy coalition. ... The Concertación de Partidos por la Democracia (Spanish Coalition of Parties for Democracy) is an alliance of left political parties in Chile. ... Politics of Chile Political parties in Chile Elections in Chile: President: 1925 - 1927 - 1931 - 1932 - 1938 - 1941 - 1946 - 1952 - 1958 - 1964 - 1970 - 1989 - 1993 - 1999 - 2005 The Christian Democratic Party of Chile (Partido Demócrata Cristiano de Chile) is a political party in Chile and governs as part of the... The Party for Democracy is a governing political party in Chile. ... The Socialist Party of Chile (Spanish: Partido Socialista de Chile or PS) is a political party in Chile, and part of the ruling Coalition of Parties for Democracy coalition. ... Politics of Chile Political parties in Chile Elections in Chile: President: 1970 - 1989 - 1993 - 1999 - 2005 The Social Democrat Radical Party (Partido Radical Socialdemócrata) is a social democratic, left wing and liberal party in Chile. ...

Michelle Bachelet (L) and Soledad Alvear (R) hold their first national primary debate in Greater Concepción, Bío-Bío Region, on April 27, 2005
Michelle Bachelet (L) and Soledad Alvear (R) hold their first national primary debate in Greater Concepción, Bío-Bío Region, on April 27, 2005

Up until May 2005 two candidates vied for the coalition's nomination: Soledad Alvear (PDC) and Michelle Bachelet (PS). A primary was scheduled to be held on July 31, 2005 to choose the nominee. Political polls in Chile indicated that either candidate would trounce the right-wing Alliance nominee Joaquín Lavín in a two-person race. The political atmosphere changed, however, when another Alianza candidate came to the scene: businessman Sebastián Piñera from the center-right National Renewal. This led, among other reasons, to the withdrawal of Soledad Alvear from the Concertación nomination on May 24, 2005. Subject: Concertación primary debate between Michelle Bachelet (PS/PPD) and Soledad Alvear (PDC), April 27, 2005 Source: [1] This work is copyrighted. ... Subject: Concertación primary debate between Michelle Bachelet (PS/PPD) and Soledad Alvear (PDC), April 27, 2005 Source: [1] This work is copyrighted. ... The Biobío river and Concepción Concepción is a city in Chile, capital of the Eighth Region. ... Bío-Bío is Chiles eighth administrative region from north to south. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in May May 26: Eddie Albert May 25: Ismail Merchant May 25: Sunil Dutt May 25: Graham Kennedy May 22: Thurl Ravenscroft May 21: Howard Morris May 21: Subodh Mukherjee May 21: Stephen Elliott May 20... María Soledad Alvear Valenzuela is a Chilean politician and a pre-candidate to Chiles presidential election of 2005, representing the Christian Democratic Party, a faction of the ruling coalition Concertación. ... Michelle Bachelet in a promotional campaign image Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria (born September 29, 1951) is a Chilean Socialist politician and the first woman to be elected president of this country. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining, as the final day of July. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joaquín Lavín in a telecasted debate of Canal 13 and CNN en Español Joaquín José Lavín Infante (b. ... Sebastián Piñera during a televised presidential debate (2005) Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique (born December 1, 1949) is a Chilean businessman and presidential candidate. ... María Soledad Alvear Valenzuela is a Chilean politician and a pre-candidate to Chiles presidential election of 2005, representing the Christian Democratic Party, a faction of the ruling coalition Concertación. ... May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Tomás Hirsch (PH)

A graffiti of Hirsch at Población La Victoria in Santiago
A graffiti of Hirsch at Población La Victoria in Santiago

Hirsch, a Humanist, ran as his party's nominee for President for 1999 obtaining 0.5%. On this election he ran with the support of the political pact Together We Can Do More, which is made up mainly of the legally constituted Communist and Humanist parties plus other political groups and social organizations. In previous elections the candidates presented independently by the pact's parties were consistently in third place, behind the two major coalitions, and holding poll numbers in the single-digit level. Tomás René Hirsch Goldschmidt (born 1956 or 57) is a leftist Chilean politician. ... Politics of Chile President of Chile Political parties in Chile Elections in Chile: Presidential: 1925 - 1927 - 1931 - 1932 - 1938 - 1941 - 1946 - 1952 - 1958 - 1964 - 1970 - 1989 - 1993 - 1999 - 2005 Parliamentary: 2005 The Humanist Party (Partido Humanista) is a political party in Chile. ... Image File history File links Hirsch_graffiti. ... Image File history File links Hirsch_graffiti. ... Juntos Podemos Más logo Juntos Podemos Más (Spanish literal: Together we can do more, Podemos is an acronym of Poder Democrático Social, Spanish for Social Democratic Power) is a political coalition created in 2003, consisting of two legally constituted political parties, the Communist Party of Chile and... The Communist Party of Chile (Spanish: Partido Comunista de Chile) is a Chilean political party that advocates communism. ... Politics of Chile Political parties in Chile Elections in Chile: President: 1925 - 1927 - 1931 - 1932 - 1938 - 1941 - 1946 - 1952 - 1958 - 1964 - 1970 - 1989 - 1993 - 1999 - 2005 The Humanist Party (Partido Humanista) is a political party in Chile. ...


To elect a single candidate a national public survey was held on May 28, 2005. On June 5, 2005 an assembly elected Humanist Tomás Hirsch as their final candidate. Other pre-candidates included: Julián Alcayaga (Comité de Defensa del Cobre) and Nicolás García (Bloque por el Socialismo). Two candidates withdrew before the survey and gave their support to Hirsch: Tomás Moulian (Communist) and Manuel Jacques (Izquierda Cristiana). One candidate withdrew before the assembly: Jorge Pavez (Fuerza Social). May 28 is the 148th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (149th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tomás René Hirsch Goldschmidt (born 1956 or 57) is a leftist Chilean politician. ... Manuel Jacques Parraguez, is a chilean lawyer, writer and active member of the Izquierda Cristiana. ... The Christian Left Party (Spanish: Izquierda Cristiana) is a small Chilean socialist political party. ...


Joaquín Lavín (UDI)

Lavín ran as the Alliance's nominee for President in 1999, losing in a 2000 runoff to Lagos. Considered for a long time prior to the 2005 election as the Alliance's unique candidate, as the contest drew nearer, his image began to wear off in the public's perception, and RN saw it in their best interest to compete with Lavín with a candidate of their own, thus breaking the Alliance's unity in the election. Joaquín Lavín in a telecasted debate of Canal 13 and CNN en Español Joaquín José Lavín Infante (b. ... Politics of Chile President of Chile Political parties in Chile Elections in Chile: Presidential: 1925 - 1927 - 1931 - 1932 - 1938 - 1941 - 1946 - 1952 - 1958 - 1964 - 1970 - 1989 - 1993 - 1999 - 2005 Parliamentary: 2005 The Independent Democrat Union (Unión Demócrata Independiente, UDI) is Chiles most conservative political party. ...


Sebastián Piñera (RN)

Piñera was proclaimed a candidate by its party on May 14, 2005, introducing a dose of energy and dynamism to an election seen up to that point as dull and predictable. His nomination caused an uproar on the Independent Democrat Union (UDI, a fellow coalition party member) camp, as both parties were supposed to support Lavín as the single coalition candidate. A primary proposed by UDI to elect a single candidate representing the Alliance was rejected by RN. Sebastián Piñera during a televised presidential debate (2005) Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique (born December 1, 1949) is a Chilean businessman and presidential candidate. ... National Renewal (RN) (Spanish: Renovación Nacional), is a center-right political party belonging to the Chilean right-wing political coalition Alliance for Chile in conjunction with the Independent Democratic Union (UDI). ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Politics of Chile President of Chile Political parties in Chile Elections in Chile: Presidential: 1925 - 1927 - 1931 - 1932 - 1938 - 1941 - 1946 - 1952 - 1958 - 1964 - 1970 - 1989 - 1993 - 1999 - 2005 Parliamentary: 2005 The Independent Democrat Union (Unión Demócrata Independiente, UDI) is Chiles most conservative political party. ...


Rejected candidacy

The independent Mapuche candidate Aucán Huilcamán registered his nomination on September 12, but it was rejected three days later by the Electoral Commission (Servicio Electoral) due to his failure to obtain the minimum number of signatures required by law for an independent candidacy. Huilcamán appealed using the argument that in the past parliamentary election there was a law created specifically to help the candidates of the Christian Democracy Party re-register their candidacies. After the support given to Huilcamán by other candidates, the government sent a bill to Congress, with immediate discussion, to extend the time of registration; a bill that would have also helped 17 other candidacies that were rejected by the Electoral Service. Nonetheless the bill was rejected by a lack of quorum, denying Huilcamán a place in the ballot. Area of the Mapuche Mapuche (Mapudungun; Che, People + Mapu, of the Land) are the Pre-Hispanic Amerindian inhabitants of Central and Southern Chile and Southern Argentina. ... Aucán Huilcamán Paillama, leader of the indigenous Mapuche organization Consejo de Todas las Tierras (Council of all lands). He plans to run for President of Chile in 2005. ... September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years). ... In law, a quorum is the minimum number of members of a deliberative body necessary to conduct the business of that group. ...


First round

Opinion polls

June/July 2005 opinion poll results
June/July 2005 opinion poll results
October/November 2005 opinion poll results
October/November 2005 opinion poll results

Opinion polls released after Sebastián Piñera's entrance and Soledad Alvear's withdrawal showed Michelle Bachelet led the right-wing candidates (Piñera and Joaquín Lavín) by a wide margin, but below the 50% plus 1 vote needed to win the election, a situation that would lead to a runoff in which, according to the same polls, she would comfortably defeat any of the two right-wing candidates. Some analysts commented that in some of these polls Bachelet would indeed have obtained an absolute majority in the first round, if blanks were discarded and undecided votes were evenly distributed among candidates. However, later opinion polls released nearer the election showed a decline of Bachelet in favor of Piñera and Tomás Hirsch, showing more clearly that the election would be decided in a runoff. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1390x975, 32 KB)Self-made File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1390x975, 32 KB)Self-made File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1344x932, 90 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1344x932, 90 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


In the graphic shown on the right, there are a series of opinion polls released in the last two months prior to the election. If blanks and nulls are discarded, and the results of each candidate are averaged, the results obtained were: Bachelet 47.34%, Piñera 23.64%, Lavín 22.92%, Hirsch 6.1%, which is accurate within 1.8% to the actual results of the election. A remarkable prediction, even if statistically meaningless.


Debates

Candidates during the first televised debate
Candidates during the first televised debate

There were two scheduled debates, both including all four candidates. A third televised debate was dismissed by the respective campaign teams. However, during the second debate, Tomás Hirsch said he was open to a third debate. Image File history File links Chilean_presidential_election_2005_first_debate. ... Image File history File links Chilean_presidential_election_2005_first_debate. ...


The first debate, titled Foro Presidencial: Chile 2005, organized by the Latin American station CNN en Español and the local Canal 13, took place on October 19, at 10 p.m., at Espacio Riesco in Santiago. It ran for one hour, giving each candidate ten minutes to answer seven questions, giving priority to national issues. There was no studio audience. It was hosted by Glenda Umaña (CNN en Español) and Constanza Santa María (Canal 13). CNN en Español is a division of Cable News Network (CNN) broadcasting world news in Spanish 24 hours a day from CNNs global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Corporación de Televisión de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UCTV), generally known by its broadcast frequency Canal 13, is the second oldest television station in Chile. ... October 19 is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Santiagos Metropolitan Cathedral Santiago (Spanish: â–¶ (help· info)) is Chiles capital and largest city. ...

Candidates during the second televised debate
Candidates during the second televised debate

The second debate took place on November 16, at 10 p.m., at the CasaPiedra venue in Santiago. It was organized by Anatel (National Television Association), and was broadcast by Canal 13, TVN, Megavisión and Chilevisión, with TVN in charge of production. Running for one hour and 40 minutes, a question was asked to each candidate by a panel of four journalists. The four candidates were seated behind desks on stage, instead of standing at podiums as they had done in the first debate. Image File history File links Chilean_presidential_election_2005_second_debate. ... Image File history File links Chilean_presidential_election_2005_second_debate. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... Corporación de Televisión de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UCTV), generally known by its broadcast frequency Canal 13, is the second oldest television station in Chile. ... TVN may be: TVN (Chile) (Televisión Nacional de Chile), partly state-owned broadcaster TVNorge, a Norwegian commercial television channel TVN (Poland), commercial broadcaster TVN (Panama) (Televisora Nacional, S.A.), commercial broadcaster TVN Entertainment Corporation, a US cable television company This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is... Red Televisiva Megavisión or simply MEGA, is the first private TV channel of Chile. ... Chilevisión or CHV is the second oldest television channel in Chile. ...


Results

President Ricardo Lagos casting his vote
President Ricardo Lagos casting his vote
A press release showing the ballot used in the election
A press release showing the ballot used in the election

The first government announcement regarding election results came at 6:30 p.m. local time (21:30 GMT), and included information from around 12% of polling stations counted. Subsequent preliminary results were announced during the day by the Interior Ministry undersecretary and published on a special Internet site. These results indicated that the election was to be decided in a runoff on January 15, 2006, in which Michelle Bachelet would face Sebastián Piñera. Official and final results, validated by the Election Qualifier Tribunal (Tricel), were published on the Diario Oficial (official newspaper) on December 27, 2005 and made the runoff election official. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1559x907, 524 KB) Sumario Ricardo Lagos, en el Instituto Superior de Comercio, sufragando para las elecciones presidenciales y parlamentarias del 11 de diciembre de 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1559x907, 524 KB) Sumario Ricardo Lagos, en el Instituto Superior de Comercio, sufragando para las elecciones presidenciales y parlamentarias del 11 de diciembre de 2005. ... Ricardo Froilán Lagos Escobar (born March 2, 1938) is a Socialist politician and the president of Chile since 2000. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x1273, 148 KB) Licensing This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x1273, 148 KB) Licensing This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On election day, at 9:30 p.m. local time, before the third preliminary results were announced, Joaquín Lavín conceded a second-place defeat in the election and said he would support Sebastián Piñera in the runoff election. Later in the day, JPM candidate Tomás Hirsch said he would nullify his vote in the upcoming runoff; an opinion which was objected by the pact's Communist wing, which said they would support Bachelet if five proposals delivered to her were accepted and incorporated into the candidate's government program; these proposals dealt with changing the electoral system and granting workers more rights.


Official and final results.

Ballot
number
Candidate Party/
Coalition
Votes % Result
1 Sebastián Piñera Echenique RN 1,763,964 25.41 Runoff
2 Michelle Bachelet Jeria PS/CPD 3,190,691 45.96 Runoff
3 Tomás Hirsch Goldschmidt PH/JPM 375,048 5.40
4 Joaquín Lavín Infante UDI 1,612,608 23.23
Total valid votes 6,942,041 100
Null votes 180,485 2.5
Blank votes 84,752 1.18
Total votes 7,207,278 100
Total voters enrolled 8,220,897 12.33% abstention

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Runoff election

Opinion polls

December 2005/January 2006 opinion poll results
December 2005/January 2006 opinion poll results

The first opinion poll released after the first-round, published by El Mercurio-Opina on December 18, had Bachelet with 42.8%, Piñera with 37.5% and 19.7% undecided. Later opinion polls showed similar results, except for one poll showing Piñera above Bachelet by 1%. The polls released showed on average that Bachelet maintained an advantage over Piñera above 5%, but with a large number of voters (18%) still undecided or that would not declare a preference. If this last percentage was removed from the vote, then Bachelet, the polls showed, would have won the presidency by a margin above 7%, which was accurate with the final results of the election. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1362x948, 80 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1362x948, 80 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... El Mercurio is a conservative Chilean newspaper with editions in Valparaíso and the capital Santiago. ... December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Debates

Bachelet and Piñera held a televised debate on January 4, 2006, which was organized by Anatel and broadcast by the four main over-the-air television channels. A Time Research poll showed that Bachelet was the winner of the debate with 49%, against 41% for Piñera. On the other hand, another poll, by El Mercurio-Opina, showed that Piñera won the debate with 43.3% of the preferences against 42.9% for Bachelet. January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... El Mercurio is a conservative Chilean newspaper with editions in Valparaíso and the capital Santiago. ...


Piñera offered Bachelet to hold a second debate before the election, to discuss regional issues, but this was rejected by Bachelet's campaign team. Bachelet has also turned down a radio debate with Piñera.


Results

The runoff election between Michelle Bachelet and Sebastián Piñera took place on January 15, 2006. January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Preliminary results including 99.72% of polling stations were announced on election day. They indicated that Michelle Bachelet won the presidency with 53.49% of the vote.


Sebastián Piñera conceded defeat immediately following a government announcement that included results from 97.52% of polling stations counted.

Ballot
number
Candidate Party/
Coalition
Votes % Result
1 Sebastián Piñera Echenique RN/APC 3,227,658 46.50
2 Michelle Bachelet Jeria PS/CPD 3,712,902 53.49 President
Total valid votes 6,940,560 100
Null votes 154,329 2.16
Blank votes 47,710 0.66
Total votes 7,142,599 100
Total voters enrolled 8,220,897 ~12.9% abstention

Source: Ministry of Interior [2] Sebastián Piñera during a televised presidential debate (2005) Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique (born December 1, 1949) is a Chilean businessman and presidential candidate. ... National Renewal (RN) (Spanish: Renovación Nacional), is a center-right political party belonging to the Chilean right-wing political coalition Alliance for Chile in conjunction with the Independent Democratic Union (UDI). ... The Alliance for Chile (Spanish Alianza por Chile), also known as La Alianza (The Alliance), is a coalition of right wing Chilean political parties. ... Michelle Bachelet in a promotional campaign image Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria (born September 29, 1951) is a Chilean Socialist politician and the first woman to be elected president of this country. ... The Socialist Party of Chile (Spanish: Partido Socialista de Chile or PS) is a political party in Chile, and part of the ruling Coalition of Parties for Democracy coalition. ... The Concertación de Partidos por la Democracia (Spanish Coalition of Parties for Democracy) is an alliance of left political parties in Chile. ...


Election timeline

  • January 5, 2005: Former president Eduardo Frei declines a possible presidential candidacy.
  • January 14, 2005: Soledad Alvear defeats senator Adolfo Zaldívar in an internal primary, and is proclaimed presidential pre-candidate by the PDC.
  • April 24, 2005: Michelle Bachelet is proclaimed presidential candidate by PRSD.
  • April 27, 2005: Alvear and Bachelet hold a televised primary debate in Hualpén.
  • May 14, 2005: Sebastián Piñera is proclaimed presidential candidate by National Renewal.
  • May 24, 2005: Alvear declines her presidential pre-candidacy.
  • June 5, 2005: Tomás Hirsch is proclaimed presidential candidate of pact Juntos Podemos Más.
  • June 19, 2005: Joaquín Lavín is proclaimed presidential candidate by the Independent Democrat Union.
  • July 30, 2005: Bachelet is proclaimed presidential candidate by PDC.
  • August 21, 2005: Bachelet is proclaimed presidential candidate by PS and PPD.
  • September 7, 2005: RN candidate Sebastián Piñera officially registers his candidacy for president.
  • September 8, 2005: CPD candidate Michelle Bachelet officially registers her candidacy for president, as does UDI candidate Joaquín Lavín.
  • September 12, 2005: Deadline for candidates to register and official start of campaigning. During the day, independent candidate Aucán Huilcamán officially registers his candidacy for president, as does JPM candidate Tomás Hirsch.
  • September 15, 2005: The Electoral Service (Servel) rejects the candidacy of Mapuche leader Aucán Huilcamán.
  • October 19, 2005: The first televised debate among all candidates takes place.
  • November 11, 2005: The free televised campaign time begins with candidate receiving five minutes each; street ads are allowed.
  • November 16, 2005: The second televised debate among all candidates takes place.
  • December 6, 2005: Bachelet cancels her final campaign rally after five of her supporters are killed in a bus crash.
  • December 9, 2005: Official campaining ends at midnight; electoral publicity is no longer allowed.
  • December 11, 2005: Election day. Voting begins at 7 AM local time (10:00 GMT).
  • December 27, 2005: The Election Qualifier Tribunal (Tricel) publishes the final and official results of the election.
  • January 1, 2006: Electoral campaigning for the runoff election begins. Each candidate receives two and a half minutes of free television airtime.
  • January 4, 2006: The only televised debate between the two runoff candidates takes place.
  • January 12, 2006: Official campaigning ends.
  • January 15, 2006: Runoff election takes place. Socialist candidate Michelle Bachelet is elected President.

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Scheduled events

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See also

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External links

  • Link to a Spanish language website Results from the Ministry of Interior
  • Link to a Spanish language website Electoral Service (Servel)
  • Link to a Spanish language website Bachelet for President official website
  • Link to a Spanish language website Hirsch for President official website
  • Link to a Spanish language website Lavín for President official website
  • Link to a Spanish language website Piñera for President official website
  • Link to a Spanish language website Electoral Stock Market (University of Chile/University of Chicago)
  • Angus Reid Consultants - Election Tracker
  • Intelligence brief: Chile

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