March 20, 2020
Proceso Constitucional

Interior Minister welcomes political agreement to postpone the referendum and calls for unity to address Coronavirus

Interior Minister welcomes political agreement to postpone the referendum and calls for unity to address Coronavirus
“Right now the top priority and our main concern is to take care of the health of the population,” he said.

Interior and Public Security Minister Gonzalo Blumel welcomed the agreement reached in Congress to postpone the constitutional referendum from April 26 to October 25, and to reschedule the other elections, in line with the prevention measures for the COVID-19 outbreak.

"As President Piñera and the Government have said, and in line with the feelings of the Chilean people, right now the top priority and our main concern is to take care of the health of the population (...). Therefore, I welcome the agreement reached in Congress today to postpone the referendum and the elections for municipal authorities and regional governors,” he said.

He added "all our energies and abilities as a country must be channeled into controlling this pandemic, containing the coronavirus and protecting everyone’s health.”

Finally, the Minister called on everyone to act with unity. "We are facing a highly complex and difficult crisis, just like the whole world, and the best way to address it is through unity and striving to reach broad agreements that ultimately resolve our differences in a positive manner. If we manage to maintain this attitude going forward, I am convinced that we will come out of this well, despite the tremendous challenges that we are facing.”

New electoral calendar

Constitutional referendum: October 25, 2020.

Primaries for mayors and regional governors: November 29, 2020.

Elections for governors, mayors, councilors and representatives: April 11, 2021.

Second round of elections for governors: May 2, 2021.