Nov. 22, 2013, 9:47 a.m.
General elections were held in Chile on November 17, 2013, with voters casting ballots in the first round of presidential elections and for 120 members of the Chamber of Deputies (Camara de Diputados) and 19 members of the Senate (Senado). In the presidential election, former President Michelle BACHELET of the Socialist Party of Chile / Partido Socialista de Chile won the most votes, gaining 3,070,012 votes (46.67 percent). As BACHELET fell short of an absolute majority in the first round, she will face Evelyn MATTHEI of the Independent Democratic Union / Unión Demócrata Independiente, who finished second in the first round of voting. MATTHEI received 1,645,271 votes (25.01 percent) in the first round of voting. In the presidential election, 6,691,840 Chileans (49.30 percent) participated.
In the both the Chamber of Deputies and Senate elections, the New Majority / Nueva Mayoria coalition won the most seats. The New Majority coalition includes the Socialist Party of Chile / Partido Socialista de Chile, in addition to other center-left parties supporting the candidacy of Michelle BACHELET. In the Senate, New Majority received 2,279,657 votes (50.64 percent) and in the Chamber of Deputies it received 2,962,583 votes (47.73 percent). In the election, New Majority gained 12 seats in the Senate and 68 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. The center-right Alliance / Alianza coalition placed second in both Senate and Chamber of Deputies voting. In the Senate, Alliance won 1,710,069 votes (37.99 percent) and in the Chamber of Deputies it won 2,245,114 votes (36.17 percent). As a result Alliance, won 7 seats in the Senate and 48 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. The coalition If You Want It, Chile Changes / Si Tú Quieres, Chile Cambia was the only other party to gain representation in the Chamber of Deputies, winning 1 seat with 338,341 votes (5.45 percent). A further 3 independent candidates were elected to the Chamber of Deputies, with 1 independent candidate elected to the Senate.