This week the National Congress unfurled the reform that enables the constituent process. What follows now in the face of the April 2020 plebiscite is a series of processes and deadlines. The first expires on December 28, the date on which the period ends so that people can change addresses before the Electoral Service (Servel). The body will then develop and publish the interim standard.
According to servel board member Alfredo Joignant, “between 1 November and 8 December 200 thousand people changed their address to unique key”. In an interview with Emol, the political scientist further emphasized that the majority of those who made modifications are people between the ages of 18 and 35.
“It was 169,000 people, which is a very strong predictor of participation,” he said.
The next deadline is that the standard will be audited. There will be a thirty-day period to make claims.
At the end of that period, the Servel will disclose the final electoral roll that will govern for the elections in which a new Constitution will be approved or refused. In parallel with the latter, the entity will begin to allocate the receiving tables of suffrage at the selected polling stations and the system of the data transmission network will begin to consolidate.
While all this is happening, Servel will have to buy paper for printing the votes, pencils, and other materials needed to develop the election, in which there will be two ballots. These elements would have already been purchased, but for the primaries and elections of regional governors, mayors and councillors in October 2020. They had no regard for the plebiscite.
As for voting station members, they will have to be appointed by the electoral boards 45 days before the elections take place, in accordance with section 44 of the People’s Votes and Counting Act.