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Chileans go to the polls to elect members for a new constituent

Find out more about the process, which will elect 155 deputies, respecting, for the first time, parity between men and women

Protests in Santiago last 29th OCtober.
Protests in Santiago 29th October of 2019. Photo: Shutterstock
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This weekend, the Chilean population elects 155 deputies who will be responsible for drafting a new constitution. The election, which will respect 50% parity between men and women, comes seven months after a referendum in which the population said they wanted a new Constitution. The plebiscite, in turn, was the result of protests and social upheavals that broke out in 2019 and spread to other countries in Latin America.

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In all, 1,374 candidates, divided into lists (some linked to parties, others not), are vying for the Chilean vote. In addition to constituents, Chileans also choose councilors, mayors, and regional governors.

The first results come out on Sunday night. The expectation is that the counting of votes will be closed still on Sunday.

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The deputies being chosen this weekend will have nine months to draft the new Chilean Constitution. That period may be extended for another three months. After that, about 60 days after the proposal is completed, Chileans will vote on whether or not to accept the document. If rejected, the current 1980 Constitution will remain in force.

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