Different points of view at the doors of the sectional elections. When a week is missing for the start of the electoral campaign and 55 days for the elections, some concerns remain and others arise. Not only among the political organizations, but also among the members of the National Electoral Council (CNE).
The organism summoned yesterday the representatives of the parties and movements with national scope to a table of dialog with the aim to go clarifying concepts and electoral procedures. But there other doubts jumped.
The ‘bell’ was given by Esthela Acero, the advisor, who warned that in the Amazon region they would be offering $ 100 per vote. The proof would be that the voter presents a photograph of the ballot paper with the vote recorded in favor of a candidate. Therefore, Acero suggested that the entry of cell phones to the polling stations be prohibited.
Measure “a little exaggerated” for the vice president of the CNE, Enrique Pita, who believes that we must find mechanisms for political parties do not go to this type of offers to obtain votes and restrict the photos at a certain time at the polling stations.
The 23 national organizations were summoned to this meeting, but it was known that only 13. Popular Unity was represented by its main national leader, Geovanni Atarihuana. For the rest, they were delegates.
There is also a counterpoint in terms of the sanctions that would apply to political parties that campaign in advance. The president of the CNE, Diana Atamaint, considers that the Code of Democracy is clear in determining that any campaign prior to the one that will start on February 5 should be imputed to the electoral expense of the applicant.
But Pita assured that the electoral norm, although it prohibits the anticipated campaign, “does not establish specific sanction in this respect (…) it is not the first time that the political organizations make an advance campaign and the Electoral Function has never been able to take charge of this to the accounts of what they can spend or invest in electoral campaigns, “clarified the vice president.
Of the political parties, there was a concern about citizen oversight for elections. Atarihuana said that 34,000 people are required to carry out this control and that the CNE requires them to accredit all the inspectors up to eight days before the election, which he claims is impossible.
Sandra Hildalgo, member of the national board of SUMA, arrived with the question about the control that will be done especially in the transfer of the electoral documents to the electoral precincts, the handling of the tally sheets and the computer system, “to avoid blackouts like the one of the previous elections, “she said.
A printing five provinces
The CNE hopes that the objections that are still in the possession of the Contentious Electoral Tribunal (TCE) will be resolved, at the latest, until Friday.
According to the electoral body, the delay in defining definitive candidatures will not affect the electoral timetable nor the printing of ballots.
Moreover, the CNE has already sent the Military Geographical Institute (IGM) the data for the printing of the ballots of Carchi, Orellana, Zamora Chinchipe and Loja. In addition, the male candidate’s ballot for the Citizen Participation Council is now finished.
Promotion instruction is prepared
The candidates for the Council of Citizen Participation also have doubts and requests about the campaign that will be made from the CNE to promote their names.
Some even ask that they be allowed to campaign with similar characteristics as the candidates for sectional dignities.
The president of the CNE, Diana Atamaint, announced that today an instructive could be approved so that the aspirants to this organisms know how the diffusion of their candidacies will develop and the spaces in which they will not have restrictions. (I)