In this process there was a commission of 24 experts who proposed a preliminary draft, a month of citizen participation to express their opinions and propose changes to the text; Subsequently, the 50 members of the Constitutional Council, elected by citizens in May, proposed amendments to the text from their various benches, which were voted on by four commissions.
The benches had different assessments of the result. Some were happy, others felt the proposal was a setback. Differences discussed in 26 plenary sessions in which council members analyze and vote on the amendments approved in the commissions. In this new phase, each plenary session will last three hours and each group will speak in proportion to its membership.
“The order of discussions will be based on the order of the chapters, just like in the expert commission when they had to vote in their plenary session,” he explains. Beatriz Hevia President of the Constitutional Council.
How many votes are required to pass a rule?
Three-fifths of the members of the Council. That is, 30 votes both for approving articles with changes and for including new rules in the draft. The Republicans are 22 and Chile Seguro 11, the Unidad para Chile 16 and only one indigenous representative.
The deadline for voting in the plenary session is October 7th. The expert commission has five days to comment on the proposal with the aim of adding, amending or deleting articles. This opens another avenue for negotiations and agreements.
The final text must be sent on November 6th to be delivered personally the next day to the President of the Republic, who will call a national referendum on December 17th in which voting will be mandatory for citizens to decide for or against can suggestion.