Polling stations open in historic constituent elections in Chile

It will be the first time in its 200 years of independence that Chile will have a Fundamental Law drafted by an elected citizens' convention. The three texts it has had so far (1833, 1925, and 1980) were written by constituents not elected by popular vote.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The 2,731 polling stations opened their doors this Saturday to begin the most important elections in Chile's recent history, to elect the members of the convention that will draft a new constitution to replace the current one, in force since the military dictatorship.

The convention, made up of 155 citizens, will have 17 seats reserved for indigenous peoples and will have gender parity, something unprecedented in the world that will turn Chile, in a few months, into the first country to have a Magna Carta written in equal parts by men and women.

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