February 27, 2021
Your weekly roundup of news and analysis of elections in the Americas, usually posted on Saturdays and occasionally updated throughout the week. For a full electoral calendar and interactive map, click here.
Activists collect signatures for Nuevas Ideas (New Ideas), the party founded by El Salvador’s populist president Nayib Bukele. El Salvador holds key legislative elections on February 28. Photo credit: Wikimedia/PorTTada (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Upcoming Americas Elections
El Salvador Legislative and Local Elections: February 28, 2021
El Salvador is due to hold legislative elections and local on February 28, 2021. Additionally, voters will elect members of the Central American Parliament. Populist president Nayib Bukele seeks to consolidate his hold on the country with a legislative majority, while critics note growing authoritarianism. More
— Bloomberg Opinion (@bopinion) February 28, 2021
Michael D McDonald and Maria Elena Vizcaino, Bloomberg (February 26, 2021): Why El Salvador Vote Is and Isn’t About Its President
Marcos Aleman, AP (February 25, 2021): El Salvador election could remake political landscape
Eddie Galdamez, Global Voices (February 22, 2021): Despite claims of authoritarianism, President Bukele’s popularity continues to be strong in El Salvador
Curacao Parliamentary Elections: March 19, 2021
Curacao has scheduled parliamentary elections for March 19, 2021. Curacao is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It has full autonomy over internal affairs, while the Dutch government handles foreign and defense policy. More
Nick Ottens, Atlantic Sentinel (February 26, 2021): Dutch Intervene to Break Stalemate in Curaçao Legislature
Ecuador Presidential Runoff: April 11, 2021
Ecuador holds a presidential runoff on April 11, 2021. Left-wing economist Andrés Arauz, a protege of former president Rafael Correa (himself barred from running after being convicted of corruption) will face conservative Guillermo Lasso, who edged out indigenous activist Yaku Pérez for a spot in the runoff. More
Al Jazeera (February 23, 2021): Indigenous protesters in Ecuador demand presidential vote recount
AFP (February 21, 2021): Socialist frontrunner to face conservative ex-banker in Ecuador runoff
Mexico Legislative Elections: June 6, 2021
Mexico plans to hold midterm legislative elections on June 6, 2021. These elections will be a key test for left-wing populist firebrand Andrés Manuel López Obrador (frequently called AMLO) ahead of the 2024 presidential election. More
Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times (February 24, 2021): Mexico’s ruling party is divided as president stands by a candidate accused of rape
Argentina Midterm Legislative Elections: October 24, 2021
Argentina is due to hold midterm legislative elections on October 24, 2021. Furthermore, although most of Argentina’s 23 provinces hold elections at the same time as the presidential election, a few are due to hold elections in 2021. These elections are happening in the context of an economic crisis, which the leftist government and COVID-19 have exacerbated. More
AFP (February 28, 2021): Argentina protesters rally against vaccine line-jump scandal
Santiago Pérez, Wall Street Journal (February 25, 2021): Argentine Government, Wary of Spending Cuts, Drags Feet on Deal With IMF
Nicaragua General Elections: November 7, 2021
Nicaragua holds general elections on November 7, 2021. President Daniel Ortega, who has been in power for 20 years, will seek another term, and under his rule, Nicaragua has become increasingly authoritarian, with rule of law and fundamental freedoms under assault.
Lisa Schlein, Voice of America (February 27, 2021): UN Rights Chief Cites Growing Human Rights Crisis in Nicaragua
Colombia Presidential and Legislative Elections: Spring 2022 (due)
Colombia is due to hold presidential and legislative elections in spring 2022.
BNAmericas (February 22, 2021): How post-FARC violence will shape Colombia’s 2022 elections
Haiti Legislative Elections (long overdue) and Presidential Election: Due in November 2021 (delays possible)
Haiti is long overdue to hold legislative elections, and also has a presidential election due later this year. However, the country is currently in a political crisis related to allegations of fraud followed Haiti’s presidential 2015 election. The international community, including the United States government, has called on Haiti’s officials to set a date for elections and end the crisis. More
Ralph Thomassaint Joseph, Al Jazeera (February 28, 2021): What is happening in Haiti, where political crisis persists?
The Economist (February 27, 2021): Can Haiti rid itself of Jovenel Moïse?
UN Security Council Expresses Serious Concern About Haiti, Calls for Elections https://t.co/xKTQ51X4Z2
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) February 24, 2021
AFP (February 23, 2021): Haiti’s president downplays his country’s crisis at UN as US sounds alarm
UN (February 22, 2021): Haiti needs ‘democratic renewal’ top UN representative tells Security Council
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