The National Electoral Court on Thursday approved the timetable for this year’s elections, including the dates of the primaries and general elections.
The body also outlined time periods for consulting the electoral rolls, the deadlines for forming electoral alliances and candidacies, the length of the election campaign in its entirety and the dates of the compulsory presidential debates.
The PASO (Primarias, Abiertas, Simultáneas y Obligatorias) primaries are now set for August 13 while the next president will be elected on October 22 with a run-off on November 19 if necessary.
The presidential debates will be held on the first and eighth days of October with a third debate between the two run-off candidates on November 19 should there be a second round.
Key dates of the electoral calendar
– June 24: deadline for presenting the hopefuls for the PASO primaries.
– July 9: start of the media campaign for the PASO primaries.
– July 14: appointment of electoral authorities and publication of the final electoral rolls.
– July 19: ban on any further electoral rallies.
– July 29: making public the location of voting precincts.
– August 11: the close of the PASO campaign and the start of the pre-PASO electoral curfew.
– August 13: the PASO primaries.
– September 2: the start of the campaigning for the general elections.
– September 17: the start of the media campaign.
– September 22: publication of the final electoral rolls.
– September 27: ban on any further electoral rallies.
– October 1: the first presidential debate.;
– October 8: the second presidential debate.
– October 20: : the close of campaigning and the start of the pre-electoral curfew.
– October 22: the general elections.
– November 12: the presidential debate (if there is a second round).
– November 19: presidential run-off, if needed.