translated from Spanish: Minister Ossa confirmed that election days will be legal holidays: Government discusses measures to facilitate transport to polling places

The Minister of the Segpres, Juan José Ossa, thanked Parliament for its support for the project that allows the april elections to be held in two days (Saturday 10 and Sunday 11) Further confirmed that both days will be considered legal holidays and noted that «with regard to public transport we are considering replicating what was done for the Plebiscite , replicate it on Saturday and Sunday.» At first of all, the Secretary of State stated that «I want to thank Parliament, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. The truth is that today’s result exceeds last vote by 28 votes, it has been a practically cross-cutting vote, which means that we all built a particularity for this vote in which we needed to open up the possibilities for older adults to vote without risk of crowding, to open up the possibility for disabled people, and all those who may have difficulty voting.» With regard to elections, the segpres official confirmed that both days will be considered as legal holidays and that the Government is discussing measures to facilitate transport to people to the polling place. One of them is to replicate the provisions of the October Plebiscite that the Metro, Merval and Biotren operated for free and two thousand routes were established at no cost for rural and isolated areas. Ossa noted that «with regard to public transport we are considering replicating what was done for the Plebiscite, replicating it on Saturday and Sunday. It seems to us that what was implemented for the Plebiscite allowed many people to approach and have more incentives to go and vote.» Our commitment is to continue to contribute to people being able to go tofragette, and I think for the Plebiscite the formula that was proposed was very broad and allowed many people to go to vote,» he added. Finally, when asked whether the traditional ban on selling alcohol for both days will be implemented, the minister confirmed that this will be done.



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