Araúz: 'We do not seek cosmetic electoral reforms'

The magistrate Heriberto Araúz Sánchez, said that the presence in the discussion of the electoral reforms is not to please anyone, but to explain with arguments and legal grounds the viability of the project that modifies the Electoral Code, as it was presented to this body of the State in February.

He added that they will hold the necessary meetings with the deputies, and that this does not mean pleasing anyone. Although we made progress in the first debate, there are issues that deserve to be taken up again to guarantee the strengthening of Panamanian democracy. The issue of parity is a priority, as well as respecting the pre-electoral public funding of 15% for candidates for free nomination since the institution has statistical figures that establish a supportive participation of the population for these candidacies by that 15%.

He recognized as positive the proposal of the Democratic Change bench, to withdraw a proposal aimed at modifying the Electoral Code in terms of changes in its boards of directors before the expiration of its term, which undoubtedly promoted the instability of the constituted political parties.

The presiding magistrate also saw as positive a proposal expressed in the period of incidents by a deputy of the PRD, to thoroughly review the system for awarding seats in the multi-member circuits. We will wait for this proposal to reach the hands of the magistrates to analyze it with our technical team.

We are willing to talk with the deputies during the discussions of these reforms, not to obtain cosmetic changes, but to make a fair, transparent and equal law for all political actors in the country.

Araúz reiterated that if the National Assembly does not address the arguments presented by the Electoral Tribunal, the possibility of going to the judicial sphere to demand the unconstitutionality of some articles contained in the norm is not ruled out, because they flagrantly violate the Constitution of the Republic of Panama.

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