Misiones will today host the first electoral test of the year. The elections provincial The mid-term will be carried out under a strict sanitary protocol and extended hours to avoid crowds in the middle of a pandemic that does not give way and that has already been charged 378 lives in the province.
The Electoral Tribunal authorized 947,560 people to pay, but the percentage of attendance is likely to be lower than the other calls due to the number of isolated people and the fear of contagion of coronavirus. However, the authorities insisted that the precautions were taken so that the voting places are safe and for this they will have sanitary kits, chinstraps, and there will also be personnel who will order the lines outside the schools to maintain the distance of two meters.
In addition to renewing 20 seats in the Legislature, there will be an election of councilors in Aristóbulo del Valle, Dos de Mayo, El Soberbio, Eldorado, Leandro N. Alem, Montecarlo, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Puerto Rico, San Vicente, San Pedro and Oberá. In the latter city, the Ombudsman will also be elected. In Dos de Mayo and San Pedro, meanwhile, the category of Constituent Constituents who will draft the Organic Letters will be added.
The ruling party Renewing Front of Social Concord, which has the current legislator Martín Cesino as the head of the list, will put in play 10 benches; six Together for Change, three the Agrarian and Social Party and a Freedom, Values and Change, a provincial party that joined the ruling party. The JxC roster is led by the young Ariel Pianesi; while Kirchnerism had some last-minute defections and finally placed Santiago Mansilla, Anses delegate in Eldorado and a man of confidence of camper Cristina Brítez.
In Misiones, the Lemas Law system for communal offices still governs. That is why the Kirchnerist Frente Encuentro Agrario y Social presented 90 lists, followed by Together for Change, with 69, and the Renovador Front, with 65
The pandemic forced the authorities to redesign the electoral engineering. Regarding 2019, 97 new voting centers were added, with which there will be 459, and the number of tables will be 2,771. Unlike previous calls, each school may not have more than seven tables, a measure that seeks to avoid crowds, which are typical at some times.
The Electoral Tribunal also ordered that the elections be prolonged one more hour, with which the closing of the polls will only take place at 7:00 p.m. The opening hours did not change: it will be at 8.00.
As soon as they arrive at the schools, voters will receive a new mask and will have alcohol for disinfection. The envelopes will have a self-adhesive strip to prevent people from having to wet them for closure, before inserting them into the ballot box.
In addition to having 2,189 police officers to control the voting centers, the Electoral Tribunal managed to get the Gendarmerie to add another 1,300 men, of which 250 will arrive from Corrientes.
The Court’s instructions are that there is a correct use of the chinstraps, that distance between people be maintained, that the rooms be periodically ventilated and that hand disinfection elements are available.
This time the political parties will not make a fleet of vehicles available to voters for transportation to the voting centers. That is why people who have SUBE can travel for free on the bus service.