Chile ruling coalition heading for disappointment in constitutional delegates vote

Reuters
Santiago, Chile Published: May 17, 2021, 08:13 AM(IST)

Members of the electoral table count votes at a polling station during elections to choose mayors, councillors and a commission to rewrite the constitution in Santiago, on March 16, 2021. Photograph:( AFP )

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Independent candidates emerged as the big winners of the weekend vote to pick 155 men and women to rewrite the current charter drafted during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Chile`s centre-right ruling coalition has secured 21% of votes for its list of new constitution delegates with 59% of votes counted, according to the electoral authority Servel, suggesting President Sebastian Pinera`s government will struggle to secure 1/3 of seats needed to block radical changes to the charter.

Independent candidates emerged as the big winners of the weekend vote to pick 155 men and women to rewrite the current charter drafted during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

A projection of seats allocated according to vote percentage conducted by CNN`s local channel in Chile suggested candidates backed by Chile Vamos would secure 38, the centre-left 24, the far-left 30 and independent candidates 45.

Heraldo Munoz, president of Chile`s centre-left Party for Democracy, said the favouring of candidates without political ties was clear. "The strength of the independents is emerging prominently," he said. "We had a sense this was happening and it is a rejection, a lesson to the political class."

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