Nearly 197,000 people asked for the early vote on mobility for the presidential on January 24 in three days, a source from the Ministry of Internal Affairs told Lusa on Thursday.
In times of Covid-19 pandemic and at a time when new general confinement is expected, records are broken daily for early voting. In the latest legislatures, in 2019, 50,638 voters voted in advance, with 56,287 registered.
In the first 24 hours of the registration period, on Sunday, enrollments to vote one week before the elections reached 52,994, a number that almost multiplied by four until 11:59 pm on Wednesday: 196,786.
The Portuguese who cannot vote in the presidential elections on January 24 may request, until midnight on Thursday, to exercise their right to vote one week before, at a polling station of your choice.
Early voting on mobility was extended by law passed in Parliament and can be done at the headquarters of each of the country’s 308 municipalities, instead of the district seat, as happened in the 2019 European and legislative elections.
The request can be made electronically, on the website www.votoantecipado.mai.gov.pt, or by regular mail to the Ministry of Internal Administration.
The voter must mention the full name, date of birth, civil identification number, address, mobile polling station where he / she intends to exercise the right to vote, email address and / or telephone contact, with a draft on the website Ministry of Internal Affairs.
On January 17, the voter votes at the table of the chosen place, according to the amendment to the law, approved in October by the Assembly of the Republic.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1,963,557 deaths resulting from more than 91.5 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 8,236 people died from 507,108 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The presidential elections, which are taking place in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic in Portugal, are scheduled for January 24 and this is the 10th time that the Portuguese have been called to choose the President of the Republic in democracy, since 1976.
A election campaign started on the 10th and ends on the 22nd of January. Seven candidates are running for election, Marisa Matias (supported by the Left Block), Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (PSD and CDS / PP) Tiago Mayan Gonçalves (Liberal Initiative), André Ventura (Arrives), Vitorino Silva, better known as Tino de Rans , João Ferreira (PCP and PEV) and PS activist Ana Gomes (PAN and Livre).
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