This is the last step to put in practice the so-called ‘Agreement for Chile’, signed last December by most of the political parties with parliamentary representation.
This pact establishes the election by popular and mandatory vote of a 50-member parity Constitutional Council, in charge of drafting the fundamental law based on an outline to be prepared by a commission of 24 experts.
The members of the latter group will be appointed from the National Congress, 12 from the Chamber of Deputies and 12 from the Senate.
The calendar specifies that the councilors will be elected on May 7, will be installed 30 days later and will have four months to fulfill their duties.
In October, the proposed Magna Carta will be presented to the people and, finally, on December 17, a plebiscite will be held with a mandatory vote for its ratification or rejection.
The Senate has already given legal course to this road map and the day before the Constitutional Commission of the Chamber of Deputies completed its analysis, some 350 proposals for modification, many presented by parties which did not sign the agreement, were discarded.
The legislative session will begin at 10:00 (local time) and the vote is expected to take place in the afternoon or evening of Wednesday.
If the result is positive, the document will be sent to the executive power for its promulgation and thus become law.