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Fire destroys almost 8,000 voting machines in Paraguay

Fire destroys almost 8,000 voting machines in Paraguay

Asuncion, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) President of Paraguay´s Superior Tribunal of Electoral Justice (TSJE), Jaime Bestard, confirmed on Friday that the fire on Thursday in the offices of this institution destroyed 7,780 voting machines.

The causes of this incident are still being investigated by relevant authorities, but the damage was reported a little over two months before the internal party election slated for December 18.

However, Bestard assured that the loss will not affect the process, which will be fully automated as planned by the TSJE.

“(…) We guarantee that the machines are going to be used in 100 percent of the voting places. This will be achieved either by increasing the number of voters per table, or by extending the voting hours,” he told the press.

The internal election of the political parties in Paraguay is the process aimed at defining the candidacies for the presidency, and the members of their national and departmental deliberative bodies.

In the case of the candidates running for the presidency, the general election is scheduled for Sunday, April 30, 2023, as established in the electoral chronogram of this South American nation.

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