“Mayors will establish prohibition during the electoral process": MinInterior

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Alejandra Parra
Bogotá D.C.
05 Mar 2018
  • This announcement was made by the Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Rivera, explaining the decree 430 of public order, issued by the Government, which contains the provisions for the March 11 elections.

The Minister announced that there will be a prohibition, which will be decreed by the mayors, starting on Saturday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. until Monday, March 12 at 6:00 a.m. "It has been arranged border closure, from March 8 in the afternoon, until Sunday March 11, after the election day, once the polls are closed," he added.

He argued that this border closure is due to the fact that the situation with Venezuela warrants it. "We do not want it to be an obstacle or a distraction from the electoral debate," he explained. He also revealed that the use of mobile devices and cameras inside the polling station during the Election Day is prohibited.

He explained that "always, in a decree, it is necessary to have an article that indicates how many the seats are. In this case they increase to 107 in the Senate and up to 171 in the House”, as a result of Legislative Act 3 of 2017, which states that if the FARC does not reach the threshold, they could have five senators and representatives" and he added that if, by otherwise, they get it by competing with the lists, they would get a number up to five. If they exceed these five, they will be distributed among the 102 senators and 166 representatives.

Finally, he concluded that “public transport routes are guaranteed without any variation" and stressed that there will not be a single transfer of a post or voting station "because in the past it always had to be moved, which means that we expect a greater number of Colombians vote ".

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