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Chile’s authorities assure everything is ready for elections

Santiago de Chile, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) Chile's president of the Electoral Service (SERVEL), Andres Tagle, assured on Monday that 'everything is ready' for the elections to be held this weekend in the country.

Next May 15th and 16th, over 15 million citizens are summoned to the known mega elections since they will have to elect regional governors, mayors, council members and the members of the convention that will draft the new Constitution.

Interviewed by Radio Universo, the high official said that the SERVEL had been prepared before April 11 when the elections were scheduled, postponed due to the worsening of the health Covid-19 situation.

He pointed out that ‘we have had one more month to review the material and make sure that everything is ready’ and informed that next Thursday will begin the occupation of the polling stations by the military, police and civil servants who will watch over the normal development of the process.

Tagle recalled that on both Saturday and Sunday the voting hours will be from 08:00 to 18:00 local time, and that people will be free to choose which of the two days to vote.

However, he noted that senior citizens, pregnant women and people of risk groups will have preference to vote, but he recommended them to go after 14:00 hours because at those hours there is less affluence of public.

He also called on the population to strictly comply with the sanitary measures to avoid contagion of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus through the correct use of facemasks and the maintenance of social distancing.