All 2,811 polling stations opened at 08:00 hours, local time, and will close at 18:00 hours, local time, unless there are still people waiting to cast their ballots at that time.
Also, 113 polling stations were set up abroad so that 71,000 Chilean residents in 64 countries can vote.
Due to time difference, voting abroad began in New Zealand and Australia.
Electoral authorities asked people to adopt all the recommended health measures, in view of the increase in Covid-19 contagions registered in the last weeks.
Candidates Gabriel Boric from left-wing ‘Apruebo Dignidad’ (I Approve Dignity) coalition, Jose Antonio Kast from far-right Republican Party, Yasna Provoste from center left-wing ‘Nuevo Pacto Social’ (New Social Pact) coalition, and Sebastian Sichel from the ruling right-wing ‘Chile Podemos Mas’ (Chile We Can More) coalition, are running for the presidency.
Marco Henriquez-Ominami from left-wing Progressive Party, Eduardo Artes from left-wing Union Patriotic Party, and Franco Parisi from the People’s Party, complete the list of presidential candidates.
During the day, 155 members of the Chamber of Deputies, 27 of 50 senators, and the Regional Councilors will also be elected, who, along with the governors, form the local administrations.