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Peru's elections: 214 polling places available abroad

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Photo: ANDINA/Diffusion

15:06 | Lima, Apr. 7.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday ensured that the 977,292 Peruvian nationals authorized to vote abroad will rely on 214 polling places available during the general elections this Sunday, April 11.

For the first time, fellow citizens residing abroad will be able to elect two direct representatives for Congress, given that they have had their own electoral district since the creation of the Peruvian Resident Abroad Constituency in July 2020.
 
Through the embassies and consular offices, it will be guaranteed that the 214 voting places necessary for the 3,371 voting tables consigned to 204 foreign cities in 78 countries (from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) unless —by provisions of the local authority— another schedule has to be crafted.

Consular offices coordinate with national, federal, local, and municipal authorities, as well as health officials, to ensure completion of Election Day and compliance with the biosafety protocols required within the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic, which will make it possible to guarantee the essential conditions for compatriots abroad to exercise their right to vote safely.
 
Likewise, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanently monitors the existing sanitary conditions in each consular district, with the aim of taking the corresponding measures that allow safeguarding the health of fellow citizens based abroad, in case the pandemic prevents the normal development of activities on Election Day.
 
The countries hosting the largest number of Peruvian voters are the United States (310,378), Spain (152,381), Argentina (143,189), Chile (117,140), and Italy (94,590).

On the other hand, 13 destinations register less than 100 voters each, such as: Thailand (91), Morocco (55), Algeria (25), Trinidad and Tobago (17), and Indonesia (16), among others.
 
In the case of Venezuela —where it was necessary to set up 69 voting tables for 19,711 voters— it will not be possible to host Peruvian elections due to the impossibility of complying with the extemporaneous demands imposed by the Venezuelan regime.
 
On March 21, the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) delivered electoral material —consisting of ballots, electoral records, amphoras, voting booths, and other elements necessary for the vote— so that they could be distributed in a timely manner by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to all consular offices overseas.


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Published: 4/7/2021
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