All electoral reform must be the result of a retrospective diagnosis: Martín Faz

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Mexico.- Any electoral reform must be the result of a diagnosis of what works and what does not work, with the aim of strengthening our democracy, assured the Counselor of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Martín Faz Mora.

Delivering the Conference Evolution of the electoral model in the Sessions Room “Mtro. Roberto Félix López”, from the Electoral and Citizen Participation Institute of Tabasco (IEPCT), said that “the retrospective on the way in which the electoral model has evolved is a fundamental first step in this analysis.”

An eventual electoral reform, he emphasized, “must be done in order to strengthen our elections, without forgetting what it has cost to build the rules that we have given ourselves; although there is still much room for improvement, today they undoubtedly give greater guarantees that the vote of the people decides the political destiny of the country and its localities, unlike what happened just a few decades ago”.

That is to say, a diagnosis is required, but in addition to an overview of the evolution of this model “according to some of the current narratives that circulate in public discussion that seem to advocate a kind of refoundation of the electoral model, disdaining the electoral institutions , its advances and the role played in recent decades to move peacefully and institutionally from an authoritarian political system to a plural and diverse one, with an effective, authentic and efficient electoral system”.

Before representatives of local electoral and jurisdictional authorities, the Counselor pointed out that the current electoral model “has been the result of a gradual process, slow on some occasions, not without errors and setbacks for the sake of the democratization of electoral processes.”

In that sense, he specified, “the electoral system today cannot be understood if it is not through the process of democratic transition that began in 1977 and whose key is explained through the eight major electoral reforms that have been approved since then.”

During his speech, Faz Mora took a tour of the institutional design of the Mexican electoral system with the aim of explaining how Mexico arrived at the current model “which many describe as motley or baroque”.

Counselor Faz was accompanied by the Provisional President Councilor of the IEPCT, Rosselvy del Carmen Domínguez Arévalo; the local Councilor María Elvia Magaña Sandoval, who moderated the event; Dr. Margarita Rodríguez Falcón, researcher at the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco (UJAT); as well as the electoral advisers Hernán González Sala, Vladimir Hernández Venegas, Víctor Humberto Mejía Naranjo and Juan Correa López, as well as the Executive Secretary of the IEPCT, Armando Antonio Rodríguez Córdova.

With information from the INE

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