Referendum begins in Uruguay to repeal 135 articles of the LUC

Uruguayans began going to the voting centers this Sunday to decide, through a referendum, whether to repeal 135 articles of the Urgent Consideration Law (LUC), the basis of President Luis Lacalle Pou’s government plan.

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As of 08:00 local time (11:00 GMT) this Sunday, more than 2.6 million Uruguayans, eligible to vote, have at their disposal more than seven thousand polling stations throughout the country to cast their votes and these centers will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

In the first press reports, it is highlighted that at the beginning of the vote there was already a good flow of voters, while political figures went to their respective tables to vote in the referendum.



The former president and former senator José Mujica commented “there is no victory or defeat” when asked about what would happen if the Yes wins, while he said that democracy will be refined, since it is a civic step of maturity that the country takes.

The former president maintained, on the other hand, that the president “is not just the government” and that the population elects governments, not presidents, not monarchs.

“We are democracies of parties, of collective forces, we tend to symbolize things around a figure, but there are no magicians in this story.”

In this sense, he affirmed that the image (for that of President Luis Lacalle Pou) is extremely important, but added that “the image remains and the realities remain.”

For her part, the former senator of the Broad Front, Lucía Topolansky, assured that “the country wins if the articles cease to be in force.”

After voting at school 159, near Pajas Blancas, and the former vice president, she maintained that the referendum is an act of direct democracy in which the citizen legislates for one day.

The campaign for these elections, in which Uruguayans support or not the use of Law 19,889, enacted in July 2020 -barely three months after the start of Lacalle Pou’s term (2020-2025)-, has been developed in a tone of rejection or support for the management of the Executive, made up of a coalition of five parties.

In this popular consultation there are two voting sheets available, the pink one for the Yes to the repeal and the light blue one for the No.

People authorized to vote are assigned a circuit to do so, which can be consulted on the website of the Electoral Court.

The Yes ballot will win the referendum appeal against the 135 articles of the LUC if it receives 50% of the valid votes plus one. The valid votes, according to the current law, are those votes for the ballot papers and also the blank votes.

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