1829 Chilean presidential election

The Chilean presidential election of 1829 took place on May 15 and 16, 1829, through a system of electors.


The newly enacted Constitution of 1828 provided that the President was to be chosen by electors. Two hundred and sixteen electors, three for each congressman, were to be chosen. Each elector voted for two names, without specifying which vote was for President or Vice President.

The election was subject to abuses, so electors gave their vote to Francisco Antonio Pinto and to Joaquín Vicuña.

Even though Pinto was accepted as President, his resignation and replacement by Vice President Joaquín Vicuña triggered the Chilean Civil War of 1829.


Candidates Votes %
Francisco Antonio Pinto 118 29.06%
Francisco Ruiz-Tagle 98 24.13%
José Joaquín Prieto 61 15.02%
Joaquín Vicuña 48 11.82%
José Gregorio Argomedo 33 8.12%
Juan de Dios Rivera 11 2.7%
José Miguel Infante 8 1.97%
Diego José Benavente 7 1.72%
José Maria Solar 6 1.47%
Dispersed 16 3.94%
Totals 406 100%

Source: Resumen de la Historia de Chile (Encina-Castedo)