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Can Foreign Permanent Residents (Pensioners) Vote in Guatemala

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AtitlanArtist
4/18/2019 10:40 EST

There is a discussion among some foreigners here about whether foreign permanent residents have the right to vote in local municipal elections (not talking about national elections).

One member of the COCODE where I live told me, yes, but everyone who wants to vote needs to register before Feb. 15.

Does anyone else have definitive information on this? Thanks.

robertsolo
4/18/2019 15:42 EST

If you were looking for a subject to irritate people I would say you have suceeded. This will not only irritate the Guatemalans that have been asked to leave America by the new administration , it will also irritate permanent residents that have to make a living and are not (pensioners).

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armandatitlan
4/18/2019 16:09 EST

Why it should be an irritating question.? but the answer is NO...
Under the Constitution, the right to vote in local elections is reserved for citizens of Guatemala.

kgriff
4/18/2019 16:32 EST

Just as in the US, only citizens of Guatemala can vote in elections. Also, unless you're a citizen, you are forbidden to take part in demonstrations; doing so is a great way to get yourself kicked out of the country and stripped of your residency.

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