President Mexican sends electoral reform proposal to Congress | News
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that he would send a constitutional reform project to the Chamber of Deputies this Thursday in order to guarantee freedom and transparency in the electoral process.
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He explained, during the morning press conference, that Mexico has to put an end to the trace of fraud that has attacked the nation’s reputation.
“There is no intention that a single party be imposed. What we want is for there to be an authentic democracy in the country, for electoral fraud to end, for the people to freely choose their representatives,” the president stressed.
The President of Mexico @lopezobrador_ send to Congress an initiative of #Electoral Reform. It contemplates the creation of a new organism for the organization of elections and consultations, the reduction of 200 deputies and 32 senators. The financing of parties only in campaigns pic.twitter.com/hhtWueXrWM
– Eduardo Martinez (@EduardomteleSUR)
April 28, 2022
In this sense, the head of the National Customs Agency, Horacio Duarte Olivares, explained that the changes will save around 24 million Mexican pesos (1,173,312 dollars).
“The aim is basically to make democracy cheaper in our country; it is an old demand from the people that money be stopped being spent on electoral processes, and the money that can be saved be allocated to social issues, infrastructure and education, ”he stressed.
For his part, the Secretary of the Interior, Adán Augusto López Hernández, also explained that the Executive Reform has as cardinal points the reduction of plurinominal deputies and senators; the financing of political parties and the cost of elections; and the implementation of electronic voting inside and outside the country.
As a result of the electoral strategy, the Chamber of Senators will be reduced to 96 representatives and the Chamber of Deputies to 300.
With these electoral purposes, the National Institute of Elections and Consultations (INEC) will be created, which will be made up of those nominated by the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Powers.
The councilors of the INEC will be reduced from 11 to seven, while the Local Electoral Public Organisms (Oples) and the local electoral courts will disappear.
According to the Mexican government, these measures will eliminate the “ordinary public financing of national and local political parties” and will reduce “times in electoral matters on radio and television.”