On election day of the second round of the presidential elections, the President of the Election Service of Chile (SERVEL), Andrés Tagle, expressed “concern” to the government about the low frequency of public transport in the Santiago de Chile region.
Tagle “had a conversation with Transport Minister Gloria Hutt, in which she expressed her concern about the frequency of local public transport, especially in the metropolitan area,” SERVEL explained on his Twitter account.
Mainly complaints from citizens about the low frequency of public transport in order to be able to vote, up to a complaint against Minister Hutt because of “delay or refusal of delivery” were submitted.
Specifically, he denounced “the lack of sufficient transport to visit the polling stations in this second presidential round,” said lawyer Luis Mariano Rendón, quoted by the radio station Radio BioBio.
Boric posted on Twitter that in Santiago “we have half the buses of a normal day,” and his campaign spokesman Gonzalo Winter has confirmed that “the government did this on purpose to favor its candidate”. “We know the government has its candidate, but we ask them not to intervene in the electoral process and to resolve the problem as soon as possible,” he added.
Since Kast’s election campaign, they have also pointed out that “in some municipalities the number of buses has decreased” and therefore “the government has been asked to activate all possibilities so that people can take part in the vote”.
Hutt then pointed out that there was “broad coverage” and that the delays in local public transport in the capital were due to “detours, roadblocks and traffic jams,” as the Chilean news agency Agencia UNO reported. Minister Hutt later sang the Mea Culpa for the lower bus frequency.
Government spokesman Jaime Bellolio has also defended the official management and wanted to “categorically deny the people who are trying to install a falsehood about the attitude of a cathedral by saying that something was not done here to make the people go”. vote, just the opposite. “
So he began to “unite and not part”. “That’s why I ask the media and people who tweet with anger and lies when they say buses have been taken out of service, they are lying,” he said.
“We had a high flow of voters in the morning, as we were recently told here in the metropolitan region, the flow of traffic has increased by 1.9 percent. There are also 300 points where there is a traffic jam, which of course means delay, ”pointed out.
“We understand we are working as fast as possible so that this frequency is faster, the tacos are dropping and they are getting to your home and polling station soon,” he added.