A warm sunny day greeted voters in most of Argentina as alert soldiers, sailors and airmen with rifles slung over their shoulder stood guard at the polling stations.
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Background: A warm sunny day greeted voters in most of Argentina as alert soldiers, sailors and airmen with rifles slung over their shoulder stood guard at the polling stations. But all was quite after the liveliest campaign Argentina has ever known.
There was a large affluence of early-morning voters, with women outnumbering men in the Federal Capital.
Also doing their duty like other citizens were Provisional President Pedro E. Aramburu and his Cabinet ministers. Aramburu received an enthusiastic welcome when he went to the polling station around noon.
Vice-President Isaac F Rojas voted at Calle Guemes 3365.
Presidential candidates cast their ballots: Mr. Ayarragaray, from the Christian Democrat Party; Conservative candidate, Mr. Aberg Cobo; Mrs. Goyeneche, candidate to the Vice-Presidency from the Civic Independent Party.
Dr. Arturo Frondizi, Intransigent Radical, cast his ballot at Calle Campichuelo 50. The results of the election gave him a sizeable advantage over his main rival, Dr. Ricardo Balbin of the People's Radicals, in all electrical districts.
Dr. Ricardo Balbin receives information about the first results, surrounded by members of his party.
Dr. Alfredo Palacios, Socialist leader and candidate to the Presidency, is studying the results.
Dr. Frondizi obtained 4.038.125 votes against only 2.515.378 that went to this main rival, Dr. Balbin. Frondizi will have an estimated 319 seats in the 466-man electoral college that should appoint him president. The minimum required for winning is 234.
Frondizi said: "The Armed Forces have fulfilled their solemn pledge. This is not only an example for us, but one for all America as well. The task will be arduous and full of responsibility, but we have promised to govern with the help of all honest and capable Argentines who want to cooperate-we will do it".