The primaries (also known as PASO) for the mid-term legislative elections took place on Sunday 11th August. The actual election will be in October, but as well as finalising candidates that will be on the ballots, these elections can serve as a national poll, and give people an idea of where the country currently stands.
The Argentina Independent took to the streets to see what people thought about the preliminary results.
Photos by Bodhi Stanberry.
Daniel Mossin, 50, teacher, Caballito
I think that we will have to wait until October. I mean, these elections are strange, there are many ballots, many parties that are very fractured, and that are going to a have to choose just one candidate, and they will have to see how the votes are going to be distributed. There are people who are content with some things, and with other not so much, to me it seems like the majority are happy with the current model. Not with everything, they want some things to change, but to be based on the same format. This government, after ten years, has been maintaining the great majority of votes throughout the republic, and that is very difficult to do: to make everyone happy and to stay in power. We will have to see the proposals that come from the opposition.
I voted for FPV, because I didn’t find anything else. I’m not a Peronist, nor Kichnerist, but I think that the government that we’ve had for the past ten years has been the best so far.
Rosana Humhoffe, 47, psychologist, Almagro
In my opinion, with respect to this marked difference between what people asked for and what they saw after, it was due to a lack of general interest because in these elections there were not as many people that went [to vote] as normal, and I don’t agree with allowing 16 year old children to vote, because they don’t have any idea about what these primaries are about.
The response didn’t appear, the opinion that people have wasn’t represented in the voting. In the important provinces that have always been Kirchnerist, it was very noticeable that there was a change in those provinces and then here the capital is still against the government, but it wasn’t seen as an improvement that Macri’s party won, because everyone has problems with him.
I always vote for the left, in this case [I voted for] the Partido Obrero.
Alfredo Kohan, 26, graphic designer, Villa Crespo
It seems very interesting to me that so many people independently formed a party from nothing and won these elections. This is very interesting, but it also seems dangerous, because it seems very improvised. [Sergio] Massa started his campaign two months ago and it’s been four years since the last legislative elections (sic). I don’t like this very much, that he would do this in such an improvised way, it seems like his projects would be improvised as well. All of a sudden Clarin and La Nacion started to talk about Massa, Massa, Massa -and suddenly he won the Province of Buenos Aires, someone that no one knows what he wants to do, what he is going to do…
Beatriz Parcerisa, 70, retired, Almagro
First of all, I don’t like any politicians. It was good that everyone voted calmly yesterday, this is the best thing that could’ve happened. I am 70 years old so I have seen too many things. So this is the most important thing about what happened yesterday. We shall see now what’s going to happen in these next two months until October, because this is just the beginning. I don’t like [Sergio] Massa… at my age, i want to see young people. I don’t like [Martin] Lousteau, but I think, he’s a young boy, for me he’s a boy, for instance, you know what I mean? The experience of people my age is good, but we need young people, bringing new ideas.
Federico, 25, administrative employee, Almagro
I think it was good, but maybe to me it seemed that it wasn’t the whole country. There were many people who didn’t vote. And well, I’m waiting to see what will happen from here, whether we will see some change now. I voted for a little party, one that would actually change things, but also I knew that they were not going to win.