Fire in Paraguay elections office destroys thousands of vote machines

A fire destroyed thousands of electronic ballot boxes in Paraguay's Superior Tribunal of Electoral Justice, two months before the primary elections in which the candidates for the 2023 presidential elections will be defined. – AFP pic, September 30, 2022.

A FIRE broke out yesterday at Paraguay’s Superior Court of Elections, destroying thousands of electronic ballot boxes and other equipment only two months ahead of the South American country’s presidential primaries, officials said.

“So far we have lost 8,500 electoral machines, notebooks, electoral material, but we guarantee citizens that the December elections will take place as planned,” Jamie Bestard, the judicial body’s president, said from outside the burned building in Asuncion.

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