Chile: Residents of Santiago vote on constitutional referendum

Residents of Santiago headed to the National Stadium on Saturday to vote in the constitutional referendum, to decide whether the current constitution, which came into force in 1980 during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, should be reformed. Over 14 million Chileans are eligible to vote, according to figures published by the Electoral Service. Long lines of people waiting to vote could be seen in the footage, that includes drone footage, as well as the residents casting their votes. «Big changes are coming in Chile. [It is] quite a beautiful period, that many of us fought for, that we struggled on the street to achieve. This is not only for the people who are going to vote 'Yes,' it is also for the people who voted 'No,'» said Sara Flores, resident of the capital. The referendum is taking place under strict health regulations to avoid further COVID-19 infections. Each polling station has established a maximum capacity, and voters must wear a mask at all times, whist maintaining social distancing guidelines. The vote consists of two ballots, one concerning the approval or rejection of the drafting of a new constitution for the country, and another on which they must choose how they want it drafted.

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