The three designation contests conducted by the Council of the Judiciary (CJ) must be suspended. This was arranged by the resolution of initiation of the evaluation to this entity.
The document was approved yesterday by the Council of Citizen Participation and transitory Social Control (Cpccs).
These are the processes to name the 24 provincial prosecutors, 400 prosecutors for different areas and 700 judicial administrative vacancies.
Gustavo Jalkh, president of the CJ, assured that the evaluation is “welcome”. However, he does not agree that the evaluation suspends the designation contests.
“The popular consultation established that there is an evaluation to the authorities appointed by the ceased Council, that does not mean that those of us who are in office do not fulfill our obligations.”
The resolution of the Cpccs establishes that if the suspension is not complied with immediately, it will be considered a breach of functions and the authorities of the Judicial Council will cease immediately.
Upon hearing of the decision, the National Federation of Judicial Associations of Ecuador criticized the suspension of the contests, for some 7 500 places. They affirm that the decision has caused concern among the judicial servants who are participating and who have been working for years under the modality of contracts.
The members of the CJ: Jalkh, Néstor Arbitrator, Ana Peralta, Rosa Jiménez and Alejandro Subía, also have seven days to submit a management report to the Transitory Council, from the day of their possession until yesterday. And Jalkh, as president, must present an additional one in a general way.
And, for five days, all Cpccs delegations will also receive citizen complaints of possible infractions of the Judiciary.
These inputs will be analyzed by the research team of the Anticorruption Secretariat, which will be made up of five people, including academics, students and experts in the judicial field. And they will have the support of a UN technical team.
The management reports must be presented based on the parameters established by the Board: legitimacy of the position, performance of functions, management of public resources, transparency and citizen evaluation.
Yesterday, the president of Cpccs, Julio César Trujillo, received the first complaint. Assemblyman Esteban Bernal (Creo) gave him a report from the Comptroller’s Office detailing alleged irregularities in the CJ’s public tenders.
The Participation Council also approved three other resolutions to initiate the evaluation. Of the State Attorney General’s Office, the National Electoral Council (CNE) and the Superintendency of Banks. The procedure will be the same.
After the evaluations, if the Council finds infractions by omission or action of the officials -as approved in the consultation- will have the power to cease them.
And, subsequently, the Participation Council will choose its replacements through contests, with the new regulations that it is designing.
Trujillo said that the participation of civil organizations in the processes will be increased. “These crafty contests and arbitrariness are over,” he added.
Recovery of resources
The Cpccs yesterday instructed its Anti-Corruption Secretariat to begin the process of identifying the route, the destination and the recovery of the money obtained in the country through acts of corruption.
The Secretariat will carry out this work in agreement with the Financial Analysis Unit (UAF) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In addition, the Council instructed the Secretariat to initiate a priority investigation on: Refinería del Pacífico, Toachi Pilatón Hydroelectric Project, Esmeraldas Refinery, Pascuales Poliducto – Cuenca.
Also to the Manduriacu Hydroelectric Plant (Caminosca case), Manabí Reconstruction, Public debt management, Millennium schools construction and public hospitals.
In these issues there are judicial processes in progress. But the Cpccs seeks to investigate what happened to the contracts that were not considered in these investigations or that ended in light sentences, which do not satisfy the citizen.
In addition, the Secretariat will have to prepare a proposal for the Transparency System.
Patricio Rivera was stopped
Yesterday, until then Superintendent of Popular Economy, Patricio Rivera, was dismissed by Cpccs.
Rivera breached the Public Service Law when he took office 235 days after his appointment. During that period, he was Minister of Economy of former President Rafael Correa and later presidential adviser to Lenín Moreno.
When notified of his evaluation, Rivera decided not to attend and sent a letter. There the former official said that the Council advanced criteria and violated due process, since it was a previous report that established the cessation of their functions.
Trujillo informed that the next official of the Superintendency will be in charge in hierarchy, until the authority is designated. (I)