Electoral ban begins in Argentina for the runoff | News

Electoral ban begins in Argentina for the runoff | News
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Argentina began this Friday the so-called electoral ban, a period of reflection for the second round of the presidential elections next Sunday, in which it will be decided between the ruling party Sergio Massa and the opposition Javier Milei who will govern the South American country in the period 2023-2027 .

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According to electoral regulations, from 8:00 a.m. local time (11:00 a.m. UTC) it is prohibited to carry out proselytizing acts and disseminate campaign notices through the mass media, in addition to the sale of alcoholic beverages and public shows outdoors or in closed venues and theatrical and sporting events on Sunday.

Precisely for this reason, the Argentine Minister of Economy and official candidate, Sergio Massa, and the libertarian deputy Javier Milei took advantage until the end to ask voters for support in the media and digital networks.

For digital networks there are no specific restrictions regarding proselytism.

All restrictions of the electoral ban apply until three hours after the voting centers close at 6:00 p.m. local time (9:00 p.m. UTC) on Sunday, just when the National Electoral Chamber is expected to begin providing the first data on the quick count.

A total of 35.8 million voters are eligible to go to the polls in these elections, in which a winner is declared by a simple majority.

In the first round, held on October 22, Massa, from the ruling Peronist front Unión por la Patria, obtained 36.78 percent of the votes and Milei, leader of the far-right party La Libertad Avanza, obtained 29. 99 percent.

Suffrage is mandatory in Argentina for citizens between 18 and 70 years old, and optional for those over that age and for adolescents aged 16 and 17, as well as for residents abroad.

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