The conservative Colorado Party leads in 10 of 13 local elections in Paraguay. This data comes from the Electoral Court.
Candidates from this ruling party are winning in areas like San Alfredo, San Pedro, Santa Elena, and Tobati.
They also lead in Abai, Cambyreta, Sapucai, Ybycui, Santa Rita, and Capiata.
The opposition, known as PLRA, won in three areas. These are Jose Leandro Oviedo, Villa Elisa, and Isla Pucu.
Jorge Enrique Bogarin, Court President, said the elections went smoothly. He spoke in a media briefing after the polls closed.
Polling stations operated well in 8 of 17 departments. In total, 1,202 stations and 1,700 machines were set up for voting.
Bogarin stated these results are not final. Official audit will begin on Monday.
These elections aim to fill vacant mayoral seats for 2021-2026. Several former mayors quit to run for other offices.
Last December, party primaries took place. These led to general elections in April. Santiago Peña became President, and other key officials were also elected.
The Colorado Party has a long history in Paraguay. It has often been the ruling party since the 1940s.
Its main rival, the PLRA, has also been around for decades. This creates a two-party dynamic in the country.
The 2021-2026 mayoral term is crucial for local development. Mayors play key roles in handling municipal budgets and services.
This makes the elections important for everyday life in Paraguay.
In recent years, Paraguay has focused on strengthening its democratic process. This includes better voting systems and voter education.
Efforts like these aim to increase voter turnout and make elections fair.
In the April general elections, voter turnout was high. This shows growing public interest in politics.
Santiago Peña’s win in the presidential race was significant. He continues to push for economic reforms and social programs.