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Successful electoral process implemented by Chilean consulates abroad during the Constitutional Plebiscite

Monday, December 18th 2023

A successful electoral process was implemented by the Chilean consulates abroad during the Constitutional Plebiscite of December 17, in which 342 polling stations were set up in 114 polling places in 61 countries.

By 7:00 p.m. (in Chile) on election day, a large part of the data transmission had been completed by the consuls, who presided over each Electoral Board. Early Monday morning, 100% of the polling stations abroad were counted.

Despite the social and security crisis that Haiti is going through, it was possible to implement the Chilean vote, after the electoral processes of 2021 and 2022 could not be carried out. A total of nine Chileans voted at the table set up in Port-au-Prince.

In the Middle East, voting could be held without inconveniences both in Israel and Lebanon, where 62 and 9 nationals voted, respectively. In the latter country, the Electoral Service (Servel) was asked for permission to close the polling station, exceptionally, at 15:30 hrs. due to electricity issues in the country.

Meanwhile, the consulates in Neuquén and Bahía Blanca, in Argentina, were able to carry out the voting without inconveniences, despite the adverse weather conditions that affected those cities on election day. In Bahía Blanca, 41 Chilean nationals voted at two polling stations, while in Neuquén, 327 Chileans voted at five polling stations.

For this year's Constitutional Plebiscite, two new constituencies were established in Manchester (United Kingdom) and Atlanta (United States), where 164 and 160 people voted, respectively.

In total, 36,828 Chileans voted abroad, where the vote was voluntary (29% of the voter roll). However, polling stations could not be set up in Hanoi (Vietnam), Jakarta (Indonesia), Hong Kong (China), Rabatt (Morocco) and Kingston (Jamaica) due to a lack of polling station officials.