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Elections in Chile: Congress agrees to postpone the elections for the Constituent Assembly until May 15

The coronavirus pandemic forced a change in the electoral calendar in Chile.

This Tuesday, the Congress of that country agreed to postpone until May 15 and 16 the constituent, municipal and regional elections that were scheduled for April 10 and 11.

The decision was motivated by the current worsening of the health crisis caused by the coronavirus, which has led to a hospital occupancy rate of 95% with an increase in infections to record numbers.

In the elections, initially scheduled for next weekend, more than 14.7 million citizens were summoned to elect their municipal and regional representatives, as well as the 155 members of the Constituent Assembly who will be responsible for endowing the country with a new Constitution.

The call to the constituent process It emerged as a consequence of the wave of serious protests that shook Chile in 2019.

Although it has been subjected to reforms, the Magna Carta in force in that country was originally approved during the de facto regime of General Augusto Pinochet.

Sanitary paradox

In the face of the coronavirus, Chile is experiencing a paradoxical situation as it is now going through its worst moment in the face of the pandemic despite being one of the most advanced countries in the world in the vaccination process of its citizens.

Since the beginning of February, more than 7 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine against covid-19 and, of these, more than 4 million have received the two injections (21.6% of the population), according to figures from Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

Despite this, the deterioration of the health situation has led to the confinement of more than 83% of the country’s population and, now, to the postponement of elections that will also affect the second round of the governor’s elections, initially scheduled for the May 9 but which will now be held on July 4, coinciding with the presidential primaries.

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