MEXICO CITY, SEPTEMBER 07, 2018.- The advisers of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, Pamela San Martín, Ciro Murayama and Adriana Favela, led the presentation of the “Protocol for the Implementation of Good Practices in the exercise of the resources of the Programmed Expenditure: Training, Promotion and Development of Women’s Political Leadership”. PHOTO: DIEGO SIMÓN SÁNCHEZ / CUARTOSCURO.COM
The National Electoral Institute (INE) published a report specifying the possible effects on this body (operational capacity and reliability) could have if AMLO’s Plan B came into effect, since the restructuring proposed by the so-called Fourth Transformation (4T) , in the eyes of the General Council, would jeopardize their work.
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In 164 pages, the decentralized body explains how the modifications to the General Law of Electoral Institutions and Procedures (LGIPE), General of Political Parties (LGPP) and Organic Law of the Judiciary (LOPJ) and the promulgation of the General Law of Electoral Challenge Media (LGMIME) could have a negative impact on democracy.
According to the Report, the package of reforms to the political-electoral system of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) affects electoral deadlines, free competition, the territorial presence of the INE in the republic (particularly the installation of polling stations), violates autonomy, hinders auditing, puts the personal data of those registered at risk, and compromises the counting of votes.
🗳️|| The INE General Council presents today its report on the implications of Plan B.
The representation of Morena proposed to withdraw said item on the agenda.
But the electoral advisers said no, and instead agreed to discuss it as the first topic of the session. pic.twitter.com/bQiy5sFdHO
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Of all these observations, where the report elaborated the most was on tax matters, since 11 sub-points were highlighted as areas of opportunity:
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a) National System of Registration of Pre-candidates and Candidates
b) Sanctions in terms of inspection
This is how AMLO’s Plan B puts the organization of the 2024 election at risk, according to Lorenzo Córdova
The Morena reform alters the method for the installation of polling stations and their citizen integration, with which the risk that the counting of the votes generates uncertainty is maintained, explained the president of the INE
c) Interpretation of standards
d) Inspection of income and expenses
e) Delegation of the control power to Local Public Bodies (OPLEs)
f) Unlimited transfers of local and federal resources
g) Waiver of public financing and remainders
h) Generation of savings
i) Provisions may not be issued once the electoral processes have begun.
j) Notifications of failures or interruptions in the online accounting system
k) Transgression of the timely, agile, expeditious and accessible control model of the resources of political parties
File photo dated June 6, 2021, showing the counting of votes at a polling station in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco state (Mexico). EFE / Francisco Guasco
Likewise, given the budget cut, the INE warned that “the labor rights of INE public servants who stop working for reasons of eliminating structures and jobs would be seriously compromised.”
“It implies the liquidation of at least 5 thousand 080 people”
Along with numerous criticisms, the Institute pointed out that in order to carry out a comprehensive restructuring such as the one proposed with AMLO’s Electoral Reform, it is necessary to make an organizational diagnosis, so that if savings are generated, they do not compromise organizational capacity. of the organisms affected, in this case, the INE.
And it is that, in the opinion of the body, the thinning of the structure and the cutting or reconfiguration of procedures entails an affectation to the organic and procedural guarantees that guarantee the legitimacy of the electoral processes. In this sense, he maintained that it is more about political opportunism than technical criteria in action.
It should be remembered that Plan B, in relation to the operation of the INE, is intended to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy and duplication of functions. For example, between the OPLEs and the Institute there are tasks that are carried out and audited repeatedly, so the presidential initiative represents a saving of 5 billion pesos annually compared to the currently established mechanisms.
In addition to this, it stands out that AMLO’s Plan A, the constitutional reform, meant a saving of 15 billion pesos, but it did not pass the first filter, which was the Chamber of Deputies, so it was launched Plan B in December, which was partially approved and it is expected that, with the restart of ordinary sessions, the process will be completed.
Finally, it is highlighted that Hamlet García, federal deputy for the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), through a brief statement to the media, specified that the Electoral Reform does not violate the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States (CPEUM), therefore that it will probably pass the filter that supposes the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) for it to be ratified; In addition, regarding the strangeness manifested by Ciro Murayama and Lorenzo Córdova, he maintained that the cuts are so that the INE does not enjoy privileges and that, to resolve the alleged lack of resources to guarantee its constitutional obligations, they lack imagination.
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