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ARGENTINA | 20-10-2023 15:41

Argentina's electoral curfew kicks in ahead of general election

Candidates may not conduct any rallies or publish campaign messages. What are the limits for members of the public and the penalties for non-compliance with the curfew.

Argentina's electoral curfew, which among other things prohibits candidates from campaigning, started today nationwide ahead of the general election next Sunday.

As per article 64 bis of the National Electoral Code, the campaign “shall end 48 hours before voting commences,” that is, Friday (October 20) at 8 am.

Subsection 71 establishes that the prohibitions under the curfew include “public proselytising rallies, publishing and spreading surveys, within 48 hours prior to the start of the voting and until it closes” at 6 pm next Sunday.

As for the use of social networks during this period, sources from the National Electoral Court warned that these digital tools also “fall under the curfew."

The electoral curfew will last the whole weekend (Friday and Saturday and will be lifted at 9 pm on Sunday October 22, three hours after polling stations close for the presidential election.

According to Argentina.gob.ar:

– Campaign rallies are prohibited

– Electoral proselytising is prohibited, including advertisements and the distribution of ballots, and the opening and running of party offices.

– Postings are also banned on social networks, as is any online activity aimed at promoting votes for a particular candidate.

– The publication and spread of pre-electoral surveys is prohibited until 10 pm on Sunday.

– The sale of alcoholic drinks will be restricted starting at 8 pm on Saturday.

– Bearing arms is prohibited during the electoral curfew.

– Outdoor or indoor shows, sports and any kind of public gatherings not related to the election are prohibited.

– As for the sale of alcohol, it will be formally restricted from Saturday 21 at 8 pm until Sunday at 9 pm.

Any citizens not respecting the curfew may be reported for violation of the Electoral Code, and sanctioned if the Courts prove said violation. The penalties depend on the non-compliance.

 

– TIMES/NA

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