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Boric blames government for Election Day transportation collapse in Chile

Voters in the Santiago region (which gave the left most of its votes in the first round) had problems getting to the polls on Sunday

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Polling station in Santiago. Photo: André Spigariol/TBR

SANTIAGO – Residents from the outskirts of Greater Santiago have complained about a collapse to the Chilean capital’s public transportation services. An alleged bus shortage created massive lines at bus stops and left buses completely packed as voters tried to reach polling stations to vote in the presidential runoff, opposing left-wing candidate Gabriel Boric and far-right José Antonio Kast.

Officials from the Boric campaign blamed the Sebastián Piñera government for bus shortages, claiming that roughly half of Santiago’s usual public transport fleet wasn’t in operation on Sunday.

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