The fatal date for the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data (INAI) has arrived.
This March 31, the transparency guarantor body, created a little over 20 years ago, became inoperative because it does not have the necessary legal quorum, since it only has 4 of the 7 commissioners that must be part of it.
The commissioner president of the organization, Blanca Lilia Ibarra, said that with this entry into ineffectiveness, “hToday the Inai is moving towards a new and difficult era”.
Democracy in Mexico is in moments of important definition, since transparency, access to information and the protection of personal data are at a delicate moment in the institutional balance.
In an extraordinary session held this Friday, the commissioners who remain in the organization indicated that they hope that the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) will rule in favor of the constitutional controversy that they filed, so that they are allowed to operate even if they do not have a legal quorum.
The ineffectiveness of the INAI occurred after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador vetoed the appointments of two commissioners, accusing that they were selected as part of a political agreement in the Senate between PAN and Morena.
While Ricardo Monreal, a Morenista senator and leader of the Senate, said that there was no agreement and although a way was sought for the plenary session of senators to vote on the appointments again, finally it came on March 31 and the INAI became inoperative.
The INAI Plenary approved to file, before the @SCJNUnconstitutionality Action against various provisions contained in the decree that amends, adds and repeals various electoral provisions. pic.twitter.com/tsJUTTTyJb
— INAI (@INAImexico) March 30, 2023
“We cannot stop sitting on issues related to the rights we protect, for this reason we make a respectful call to the Senate to name three commissioners or commissioners,” said commissioner Josefina Román.
This Friday, March 31, Commissioner Francisco Javier Acuña left his position, so the INAI plenary session will only have 4 commissioners.