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Paraguay deploys large police operation for municipal elections

Paraguay deploys large police operation for municipal elections

Asuncion, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Paraguay's government has stationed from today all its police officers to guard on Sunday the simultaneous municipal and party elections, postponed last year by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The operation will protect the elections for mayors, councilors and municipal boards, and the internal actions of the parties, explained the head of Public Relations of that armed body, Maria Elena Andrada.

According to the official, the device implied the custody from now on of some polling stations already open to prepare the consultation and to enable electoral tools and supplies that will be used in the voting.

The police prepared days ago the plan to quarter its agents, as well as the military deployment schemes before and during the elections, advanced the Minister of the Interior Arnaldo Giuzzio Benítez.

Representatives of this portfolio, of the Supreme Court of Electoral Justice (TSJE) and of the Public Prosecutor’s Office held several meetings to jointly plan the actions.

Giuzzio explained that aforementioned agencies agree on the typical activity of the election day will be complicated by the measures against the Covid-19 pandemic, and the celebrations for Father’s Day.

The municipal elections choose every five years by means of suffrage a mayor/ess and the members of the Municipal Board, the latter with an equal number of alternates, in accordance with the National Constitution.

The TSJE ordered in March 2020 the postponement of the party and municipal elections, in view of the epidemiological alert due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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