|Via La Tercera|
Low turnout. Only 35% of voters turned out, the lowest since Chile’s return to democracy. Mayoral elections generally have lower turnouts than general elections, but all of Chile’s parties should be troubled by the general trend of lower turnout.
A win for Piñera. The former president and potential candidate led the right wing coalition that picked up wins throughout the country. It’s overly-simple to credit the right’s win with the anger, division and apathy on the center-left. The right put together a more solid campaign and appear more prepared to run in the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
Wins and division among independents. In a closely watched race, independent candidate Jorge Sharp won over 50% of the vote in Valparaiso. The victory is another sign of the population’s disappointment with the current major parties, but it’s also a new side of the independent movements. Sharp and his Movimiento Autonomista is a different group from the PRO led by Marco Enríquez-Ominami, the former and future presidential candidate whose star appears to be falling.