Measures in place for Portugal’s presidential elections include need to ‘bring your own pen’

Measures in place to ensure voting goes ahead ‘safely’ in Portugal’s presidential elections on January 24 include the need for every presencial voter to carry a pen. 

Postal votes have also been organised, as have visits old people’s homes to collect votes. 

This 2021 presidential campaign has been dogged with issues due to Covid-19. With a national lockdown looming, candidates have had little opportunity to engage with the public.

Voting in these elections is reserved to Portuguese nationals. 

Ex-pat residents get no say in choosing who should be the next president although all polls point to the current incumbent, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, winning by a long margin.