Chileans Head to Polls to Vote for Architects of New Constitution

A woman casts her vote in the elections for governors, mayors, councillors and constitutional assembly members to draft a new constitution to replace Chile’s charter, in Santiago, Chile May 15, 2021. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza

Chileans began to vote on Saturday in a mega-election in which they will pick mayors, governors, councillors and critically, the 155 men and women who will draft the country’s next constitution.

Changing the constitution was a central demand to emerge from fierce social protests that erupted over inequality and elitism in October 2019.

More than 7.5 million people voted in last year’s plebiscite to tear up the current constitution which was drafted in 1980 during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

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SOURCE: Reuters