A two-day election to pick out the drafters of a brand new structure for Chile is being delayed till Might due to the coronavirus pandemic, President Sebastián Piñera introduced Sunday.
He stated the voting to elect 155 Chileans to the constitutional meeting will probably be held Might 15-16 as a substitute of April 10-11 as initially deliberate. Elections for mayors, metropolis councils and governors additionally have been delayed till the identical days of the meeting vote.
“This has been a really tough resolution, however we should make it,” Piñera stated, citing the necessity to “defend everybody’s well being and life” amid a brand new surge in coronavirus infections.
Well being consultants had beneficial suspending the deliberate election.
Intensive care items are at 95% capability, with seven of each 10 ICU beds occupied by a COVID-19 case. The Ministry of Well being reported Sunday greater than 7,300 new coronavirus circumstances, the fourth consecutive day exceeding 7,000 circumstances.
Almost 80% of voters in an Oct. 25 plebiscite supported seating an meeting to rewrite the structure inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet when Chile returned to democracy. On the identical time, the voters excluded any congress member from serving within the meeting.
The physique will reserve 17 seats for Indigenous delegates, and the United Nations says will probably be first time a structure is drafted by an meeting equally divided between women and men.