Chilean Presidential Election, 2005–2006 - Election Timeline

Election Timeline

  • January 5, 2005: Former president Eduardo Frei declines a possible presidential candidacy.
  • January 14, 2005: Soledad Alvear defeats senator Adolfo Zaldívar in an internal primary, and is proclaimed presidential pre-candidate by the PDC.
  • April 24, 2005: Michelle Bachelet is proclaimed presidential candidate by PRSD.
  • April 27, 2005: Alvear and Bachelet hold a televised primary debate in Hualpén.
  • May 14, 2005: Sebastián Piñera is proclaimed presidential candidate by National Renewal.
  • May 24, 2005: Alvear declines her presidential pre-candidacy.
  • June 5, 2005: Tomás Hirsch is proclaimed presidential candidate of pact Juntos Podemos Más.
  • June 19, 2005: Joaquín Lavín is proclaimed presidential candidate by the Independent Democratic Union.
  • July 30, 2005: Bachelet is proclaimed presidential candidate by PDC.
  • August 21, 2005: Bachelet is proclaimed presidential candidate by PS and PPD.
  • September 7, 2005: RN candidate Sebastián Piñera officially registers his candidacy for president.
  • September 8, 2005: CPD candidate Michelle Bachelet officially registers her candidacy for president, as does UDI candidate Joaquín Lavín.
  • September 11, 2005: Deadline for voters to register.
  • September 12, 2005: Deadline for candidates to register and official start of campaigning. During the day, independent candidate Aucán Huilcamán officially registers his candidacy for president, as does JPM candidate Tomás Hirsch.
  • September 15, 2005: The Electoral Service (Servel) rejects the candidacy of Mapuche leader Aucán Huilcamán.
  • October 19, 2005: The first televised debate among all candidates takes place.
  • November 11, 2005: The free televised campaign time begins with candidate receiving five minutes each; street ads are allowed.
  • November 16, 2005: The second televised debate among all candidates takes place.
  • December 6, 2005: Bachelet cancels her final campaign rally after five of her supporters are killed in a bus crash.
  • December 9, 2005: Official campaigning ends at midnight; electoral publicity is no longer allowed.
  • December 11, 2005: Election day. Voting begins at 7 AM local time (10:00 GMT).
  • December 26, 2005: The Electoral Tribunal (Tricel) publishes the final and official results of the first round election.
  • December 27, 2005: First round results are published on the Official Gazette.
  • January 1, 2006: Electoral campaigning for the runoff election begins. Each candidate receives two and a half minutes of free television airtime.
  • January 4, 2006: The only televised debate between the two runoff candidates takes place.
  • January 12, 2006: Official campaigning ends.
  • January 15, 2006: Runoff election takes place. Socialist candidate Michelle Bachelet is elected President.
  • January 30, 2006: The Tricel publishes the final and official results of the runoff election.
  • January 30, 2006: President-elect Michelle Bachelet announces the members of her cabinet.
  • March 11, 2006: President-elect Bachelet is sworn in by the National Congress in Valparaíso.

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