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Low attendance expected at presidential primary polls in Chile

Low attendance expected at presidential primary polls in Chile

Santiago de Chile, July 15 (Prensa Latina) Analysts foresee today a low attendance next Sunday for the primary elections towards the presidency of Chile, in the middle of long vacations and due to the traditional abstention in this country.
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According to the conservative newspaper El Mercurio on its website, in the official coalition ‘Chile Vamos’, they would be content to reach a level of 800 thousand voters, the same as that reported in the 2013 primary polls and far from those of 2017 when Sebastián Piñera was elected candidate.

Meanwhile, in the primary, from opposition ‘Apruebo Dignidad’, Diego Pardow, coordinator of Gabriel Boric’s program, from ‘Broad Front’, said that a positive level would be around one million voters.

In statements to emol.cl, Central University professor, Marco Moreno, considered it is likely that more people will vote in the primary on the left, because it is more competitive, while on the right, with four candidates, they are very divided .

He also indicated that the Communist Party, with Daniel Jadue as its candidate, should have a lot of participation ‘because it is spread throughout the country, has a territorial structure and is a party of cadres that mobilizes.’

However, the political expert warned that factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the long holiday for the religious celebration of Virgen del Carmen that begins this Friday and the low citizen adherence to the electoral processes can negatively influence the call.

For Valeria Palanza, deputy director of the Institute of Political Science of the Catholic University, apart from external factors, such as holidays, vacations and the harsh southern winter, essential is ‘the civic culture of the population, the habit of participating in elections and confidence in the vote’.

‘All this, in Chile, is corroded,’ the specialist said, she warned that ‘it would not be realistic’ to expect greater attendance at the polls than the ballot for regional governors on June 13, when less than 20 percent voted.


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