Chileans will vote in a referendum today to approve or reject a proposal for a new constitution Necessary This puts an end to the controversial process of replacing the Magna Carta inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
Beginning 8:00 a.m. local time, more than 3,000 polling stations in the world’s largest copper producer opened without a major setback to receive voters from a register of more than 1.5 million eligible people.
President Gabriel Boric left his family home in Punta Arenas in the extreme south of the nation early in the morning, greeting some neighbors who approached the progressive ruler, to cast their vote.
After the vote, the young president said, “In difficult times before us as a country, we have taken the path as an alternative to set aside our differences and move forward in a more democracy.”
On sunny days in the Chilean capital, some centers saw long lines, but those who had already paid commented that the process was too fast.
Psychologist Ursula Lezama said after the vote in the city of Santiago, “There were no rows at my desk and everything was very fast and you see a lot of people inside. I hope the new constitution is approved, let me know in the afternoon.” Looking forward to celebrating.”
For his part, retired Juan Borquez complained that his polling station was not near his home, but that he must go because of compulsory voting.
Commenting on his dissatisfaction with the constitutional resolution, he said, “I didn’t want a referendum to start, because it wasn’t necessary. Good things don’t have to change, so I came to vote out of obligation.” ,
The referendum comes three years after a social outbreak that brought crowds to the streets to protest inequality in the then-stagnant South American country.
Do you accept or reject?
Although the decision to rewrite the Magna Carta was approved by an overwhelming majority in a referendum at the end of 2020, disputes between the editors and the radical nature of some of the proposals eroded support for the initiative, despite the fact that The final document left many in question.
The latest published surveys gave the advantage of the option to reject the text.
However, experts have insisted that the mandatory nature of voting for this referendum in a country where electoral registration is automatic for all people over the age of 18, complicating assumptions regarding previous procedures.
Some of the overseas tables, usually favored by the Left, were already closed and “agreed” won comfortably in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea and China.
The day in Chile will last until 18:00 when the tables start closing. According to the election authority, the first trending results will be known after a few hours.
Regardless of the outcome, the constitutional process has since led the ruling party to an agreement to reform the new constitution to “clarify” some issues that cause uncertainty, such as home ownership and personal capitalization in pensions. respect for
And if the text is rejected, the current constitution may be reformed due to recent changes, which reduce the required majority, although Boric says another drafting process to honor the popular will. should be introduced that it should be an elected assembly for that purpose. Who writes the second proposition.