Count for Chamber of Deputies is still slow going; political party representative model complicates matters


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Feb 20, 2019

The president of the National District Electoral Board, Dalma Cruz is confident the winners of the 190 seats in the Chamber of Deputies will be known this coming week. The Central Electoral Board (JCE) has already announced the results of the presidential and senatorial races, yet the vote count for the Chamber of Deputies is behind schedule. “We are working on finishing the vote count as soon as possible, you can be sure of that,” said Cruz, who said both political party representatives and board staff have been working up to 15 hours a day.

In addition to the National District, there are also major differences in the vote count for Santiago’s deputies.

The Presidency and the Senate are determined by who gets the most votes. Yet, the winners of Chamber of Deputies seats are subject to the D’Hondt method. This means the votes are first allocated to the corresponding political...
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