After the closure of party lists and the resulting confirmation of presidential tickets, the electoral calendar will continue to unfold in the campaign season up to the PASO primaries on August 13.
The timetable published by the National Electoral Court (Acordada Extraordinaria Nº 35) has established, among other issues, the dates of the primary and general elections when the electoral rolls and the duration of the campaign can be consulted.
The dates of the obligatory presidential debates have been set for October 1 and 8 with a third debate on November 12 should a run-off make it necessary.
Apart from the closure of lists, last Saturday also marked the start of the electoral campaign – expect candidate statements, accusations and declarations across social networks, media outlets and on posters and graffiti as the hopefuls try to attract voters.
The main dates of the national electoral timetable
– July 9: start of the electoral campaign for the PASO primaries in the audiovisual media.
– July 14: appointment of voting-precinct authorities and publication of the final electoral rolls.
– July 19: start of the ban on public events which might be suspected of electioneering.
– July 29: public notification of the voting-precincts.
– August 11: end of the electoral campaign and start of the electoral curfew.
– August 13: the PASO (Primarias, Abiertas, Simultáneas y Obligatorias) primaries are held.
– September 2: start of the electoral campaign for the general elections.
– September 17: start of the electoral campaign in the audiovisual media.
– September 22: publication of the final electoral rolls.
– September 27: start of the ban on public events which might be suspected of electioneering.
– October 1: first obligatory presidential debate.
– October 8: second obligatory presidential debate.
– October 20: end of the electoral campaign and start of the electoral curfew.
– October 22: general elections.
– November 12: obligatory presidential debate (if run-off).
– November 19: run-off (if necessary).