Three-quarters of Chilean voters favour new constitution: partial count

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SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chileans have voted overwhelmingly for the country’s Pinochet-era constitution to be redrafted, with more than 5% of votes counted from around the nation and abroad, the electoral service said on Sunday evening.

A total of 77.27% had approved the option of a fresh charter to replace one drafted in 1980 during the Augusto Pinochet military dictatorship, compared to 22.73% who voted against, the Servel election authority said.

Unofficial tallies by local broadcasters suggested the vast majority of voters had also picked a specially-elected body of citizens to draft the new charter over a mixed convention of lawmakers and citizens.

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