'Plan B' brings 'undesirable consequences' for elections: INE legal analysis

The general council of the National Electoral Institute (INE) will receive this Wednesday a report on the effects that the entry into force of the reforms to secondary laws on electoral matters will generate, which was debated in Congress as ‘Plan B’ of the reform electoral.

The document was prepared by the Institute’s Executive Secretary, headed by Edmundo Jacobo Molina.

The changes imply affectations to the autonomy of the institute, the territorial structure, the training procedures that serve to guarantee the counting of votes, says the legal analysis.

The document states that the changes affect the control of the income and expenses of political actors and the fulfillment of the obligations of political parties.

It affirms that the protection of the personal data of citizens is affected, as well as the labor rights of those who make up the national electoral professional service.

Points affected by the reform (according to the document):

-The reform allows officials to campaign and issue propaganda “in use of their freedom of expression”, even in times of electoral ban.
Structure: instead of 300 collegiate executive bodies with five officials each, an Auxiliary Office is established occupied by a single person.
-Without trained officials, the updating of the register and the nominal list would be affected, as well as the supervision of the centers to generate the voter identification card.
-The reform proposes that the citizen attention centers should be installed in places where there is no guarantee that the information infrastructure, transmission and protection of data exists.
-Disappearance of the Executive Secretary of the INE contravenes the Constitution and the design for the work of counselors.
-Of 2,571 career civil servants, it is contemplated that only 396 will remain.

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Check here the complete argument that will be presented this Wednesday to the directors of the INE:


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