Who will be exempted by covid from voting in the STEP

The National Electoral Chamber (CNE) arranged that citizens in isolation due to confirmed contagion of covid-19 or who have compatible symptoms (“suspicious case“) with that disease, as well as those who are close contact from another infected, will be authorized not to vote in legislative elections of this year.

The same exception will apply to those who are part of risk groups that by medical indication they should avoid places with movement of people, as determined by the CNE in article 11 of the agreed 83, in which it established a “sanitary protocol” for holding the elections in this context of a pandemic.

At the same time, the agency specified that in the event that the people who, despite being included in the justification for not voting –for any of the aforementioned reasons related to the coronavirus-, want to exercise their right to vote anyway, the electoral judge of the district correspondent shall “determine the voting procedure“.

And at that point, the CNE protocol emphasizes that “adequate hygiene and distancing measures must be guaranteed to prevent contagion and preserve the health of other people.”

These decisions were adopted by the Electoral Justice and They will govern for the open, simultaneous and compulsory primary elections (PASO) of September 12 and for the general elections of November 14, the first call to the polls that in Argentina will be held within the framework of the pandemic to elect 24 senators and 127 deputies.

The document also details that citizens who have a confirmed positive PCR, symptoms compatible with covid or have been in close contact with someone suffering from the disease and who, therefore, do not want to pay, They will be able to process the justification for not casting the vote through the Chamber’s web portal, in the section of infractions to the electoral act.

These provisions were established in the agreed extraordinary 83 of the Electoral Chamber, issued last Tuesday after consulting with the Ministries of Health and the Interior, as well as with the electoral judges of the 24 jurisdictions of the country. It, which in its article 11 contains the “Sanitary Protocol against covid-19”, bears the signature of the president, Santiago Corcuera, and the other two chambermaids, Daniel Bejas and Alberto Dalla Vía.

From the national body they specified that For the design of the regulations, other electoral processes carried out in the region were also taken into account after the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus.

Indeed, the CNE analyzed the elections held in the Dominican Republic, the first held in a pandemic – held on July 5, 2020-, as well as electoral processes that have elapsed since then, which took place in Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Brazil.

In Argentina, the elections were scheduled for August (PASO) and October (general), but the national government reached an agreement with the opposition and then the date was postponed to September and November, which will give more time to mass vaccination of the population with the complete scheme (two doses), especially before the arrival of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the country.

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