Elections in Uruguay

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Uruguay elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature.

Presidential elections[edit]

The president and the vice-president are elected on one ballot for a five-year term by the people.

Each party must elect its candidates for President and Vice-President in primary elections, which are usually held in June. The selected candidates face the electorate in the general elections in October. If no candidate obtains the absolute majority of votes, there is a runoff between the two most-voted candidates.

Parliamentary elections[edit]

The General Assembly (Asamblea General) has two chambers. The Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados) has 99 members, elected for a five-year term by proportional representation. The Chamber of Senators (Cámara de Senadores) has 31 members elected for a five-year term by proportional representation and the Vice-president.

Uruguay has a multi-party system, with three dominant political parties, with extreme difficulty for anybody to achieve electoral success under the banner of any other party.

Schedule[edit]

Election[edit]

Position 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Type Presidential (October)
National Congress (October)
Gubernatorial (October)
None None Presidential (October)
National Congress (October)
Gubernatorial (October)
None
President and
vice president
President and vice president None None President and vice president None
National Congress All seats None None All seats None
Provinces, cities and municipalities None All positions None None All positions

Inauguration[edit]

Position 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Type Presidential (March)
National Congress (March)
Gubernatorial (March)
None Presidential (March)
National Congress (March)
Gubernatorial (March)
President and
vice president
March 1 None March 1st
National Congress February 15 None February 15
Provinces, cities and municipalities July 8 None July 11th

Latest elections[edit]

2014 general election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 26 October 2014 General Assembly of Uruguay election
and the 30 November 2014 presidential election run-off.
Party or coalition
Presidential candidate
First round (General election) Second round
(Presidential runoff)
Votes % Seats
Chamber +/– Senate +/– Votes %
Broad Front
Tabaré Vázquez
1,134,187 49.45 50 0 15 –1 1,226,105 56.63
National Party
Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou
732,601 31.94 32 +2 10 +1 939,074 43.37
Colorado Party
Pedro Bordaberry
305,699 13.33 13 –4 4 –1
Independent Party
Pablo Mieres
73,379 3.20 3 +1 1 +1
Popular Unity
Gonzalo Abella
26,869 1.17 1 +1 0 0
Partido Ecologista Radical Intransigente
César Vega
17,835 0.78 0 N/A 0 N/A
Workers' Party
Rafael Fernández
3,218 0.14 0 N/A 0 N/A
Total 2,372,117 100 99 0 30 0 2,321,230 100
Invalid/blank votes 78,329 156,051
Registered voters/turnout 2,620,791 90.51 2,620,791 88.57
Source: Corte Electoral, Buenos Aires Herald

Past elections and referendums[edit]

Local elections[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]