April 06, 21 - 10:23 am - LABS

Chile heads to a postponement of elections; Peruvian elections are maintained so far

Chile‘ Senate approved on Monday a postponement for five weeks of municipal and regional elections, besides the elections of the legislators responsible for the new Constitution. The measure is related to the increase of the COVID-19 cases in the country, and it is pending a final sanction of the deputies, to be voted on Tuesday.

In the next elections, Chileans must elect the members of the constitutional convention that will draft the country’s new Constitution, after the result of the October 25 plebiscite, in which 79% of the population opted for the new constitution. At the same time, mayors, councilors, and regional governors will be elected.

Peruvian elections

Meanwhile, Peru’s per capita death toll is one in every 630 inhabitants. Currently, Peru is facing the third wave of coronavirus. For now, the Presidential elections in Peru are scheduled for April 11. Besides the health crisis, Peru lives a political crisis. In six months, the country had three presidents due to reports of corruption. In Peru, voting is mandatory.

Congress forced the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, originally elected in 2016, and his successor, Martín Vizcarra, was impeached in November 2020. The current president, Francisco Sagasti, has served on an interim basis since then. The top candidates for the election include populist Yonhy Lescano, who has spoken out against major copper miners, leftist Verónika Mendoza, and centrist ex-soccer goalkeeper George Forsyth. But none has much over 10% of the vote, current polls show. New officials will be inaugurated in July.

Ecuador’s elections

Also on April 11, takes place the second round of the presidential election in Ecuador. In the first round, Andrés Arauz (a former minister of Rafael Correa, who ruled the country from 2007 to 2017) got 32.7% of the votes, and Guillermo Lasso (a vocal critic of correísmo – a political movement characterized by state-led development projects and social spending funded largely by commodities exports) conquered 19.7%. Now, the two face each other in the runoff.