Thursday, 29 November 2012 11:59
Pedro Sabat defeats Maya Fernández in final recount for Ñuñoa.
One of the closest and highly contested elections in Chile’s recent history is finally over.
After two recounts and over a month of waiting, the Electoral Court, or Tricel, definitively declared
16-year incumbent Pedro Sabat the new mayor-elect of Santiago’s Ñuñoa borough. The Thursday decision officially nullifies the initial victory of Maya Fernández, granddaughter of Salvador Allende.
Fernández originally won by a margin of 18 votes, but speculations over inconsistencies in one voting station motivated Sabat’s center-right National Renewal Party (RN) to appeal for a recount, which then placed
Sabat on top by 30 votes.
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Shortly after graduating from Beloit College in 2011, David booked a flight to Chile and found a passion for journalism at The Santiago Times.
Outside the Times, David has been published by organizations such as the World Policy Institute and the Midwest Journal for Undergraduate Research. He likes to keep up to date on current events around the world, and has a particular interest in the Americas.