Uruguayans vote to elect governors, mayors

09:57, May 10, 2010      

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Uruguayans voted on Sunday in regional elections to choose their provincial governors and, for the first time, mayors in towns with a population of over 5,000.

Voting started at 8:00 a.m. local time (1100 GMT) and ended at 7:30 p.m. (2230 GMT) in the 19 provinces, with the left-wing ruling party Wide Front likely to win the elections of governors in the provinces with bigger populations.

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, one of the first to cast a ballot, said the voting was an "experiment."

There are about 2.57 million registered voters in Uruguay. Voting is obligatory and those who do not vote face a penalty of 430 Uruguayan pesos (20 U.S. dollars).



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