The country is seeing a large turnout for the May 7 Constitutional Council election. Disruptions have been minimal: the police have reportedly detained only four people. Approximately 96,000 people have registered to not vote.
Local poll stations are seeing a great turnout for the May 7 Constitutional Council election. As of 2 p.m., two poll workers had been arrested for working under the influence of alcohol, one for refusing to be a poll worker, and another one for threatening a police officer.
As of 2 p.m., more than 96,000 citizens have registered to be excused to vote nationwide, according to Cooperativa. But local poll stations are also experiencing a great turnout.
In La Florida, the local poll station at Santa María College saw long lines at 1 p.m.
— Rodrigo Gomez Flores (@rodrigogomezf) May 7, 2023
President Gabriel Boric voted at the educational institution, Industrial Liceo Armando Quezada Acharan, in Punta Arenas. Boric said he will respect the autonomy of the Constitutional Council in its deliberation. “The government will not interfere in the constitutional process.”
After voting, Boric said the government will serve as guarantors, so that the Constitutional Council can carry out its work. “We will support everything the council requests to make it come to fruition.”
In the Metropolitan Region, Former President Sebastián Piñera voted at his local poll station in Las Condes. Former President Michelle Bachelet voted at her local poll station in La Reina.
Bachelet said the Constitutional Council election is not clear enough for voters. “I have seen little information about the Council election. People asked me who to vote for. It felt like there was little information available about these elections.”
Ex-president Eduardo Frei also cast his vote in Las Condes. Frei expressed enthusiasm. “I have optimism that we are going to have good results,” Frei said.
With the election mandatory, all ages have turned out to vote. In the Ñuñoa commune, a 105-year-old woman showed up to cast her vote.
“Since I was a girl, I have been fighting for women to vote and participate in the election process because when women participate, the country is going to win a lot,” the woman told 24 Horas.
Voting closes at 6 p.m. on May 7, and the Metro is free to ride with extended hours until 11 p.m.
Chongyang Zhang is pursuing an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s program in journalism, media and globalisation. His interest lies in the relations among the United States, Latin America and China. He is currently doing an exchange semester at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.