At the meeting, the President announced that the Government is promoting all measures necessary to ensure full citizen participation in the elections set for this coming May 15 and 16.
“I am sure that Chile will once again set an example to the world on democracy and participation,” said President Piñera, who was accompanied by Interior Minister Rodrigo Delgado, Minister Secretary General of the Presidency Juan José Ossa, Minister Secretary General of the Government Jaime Bellolio, Defense Minister Baldo Prokurica, Public Health Minister Enrique Paris, Transport Minister Gloria Hutt, Interior Undersecretary Juan Francisco Galli, Crime Prevention Undersecretary Katherine Martorell and Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza, along with the President of the Board of Directors of the National Voting Service (SERVEL), Andrés Tagle, and the National Director of SERVEL, Raúl García.
Following the meeting, the President praised the country’s registered improvements in relation to the health crisis since the original election dates of April 10 and 11. There is a “decrease in numbers of infections, fewer hospitalizations, fewer deaths, more slack in our health care system and more people vaccinated. In fact, by the time the elections are held we will have 7 million Chileans fully vaccinated with both doses,” he said.
During this meeting the President announced that on election days senior citizens, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses will have preferential treatment and a preferred time slot to vote between 2pm and 6pm, both days.
The President also mentioned that “to facilitate citizen participation, on Saturday and Sunday all citizens will be able to travel to and from their polling stations with their national ID card together with the COVID-19 passport. People who need to travel between regions to reach their polling station will be able to obtain permits, which will be valid 48 hours prior to and 48 hours following the elections. These permits will only be denied to those who must remain confined for security or health reasons.”
Scrutineers, poll workers and any other person who has to participate directly in the elections will be given a special permit. In addition, on Sunday, the “curfew will be set back to 2am, ensuring that everyone has enough time to participate in the elections and then return home on Saturday as well as on Sunday.”
“This weekend the voice of the candidates will grow silent and the people’s voice will be heard loud and clear,” President Piñera said in closing.