Posted On 14 Apr 2014
The annual operating Plan (POA) of the National Electoral Council (CNE), which distributes the institutional budget of 2014 (more than $66 million) and delayed since October 2013, was approved last week in the midst of rough discussions between the directors and departmental coordinators.
The budget that the Ministry of Finance assigned to the CNE this year amounts to $66 ‘471.000, which constitutes an increase of an 11.21% compared tothat of 2013, which was $59 ‘ 000.000. The justification was the VAT and the inflation, explained at the meeting
The Counselor, Magdala Villacís, revealed that between 2012 and 2013 budgets were approved for elections, the computer system and electoral promotion, among other resolutions of the Council. These, according to her, exceeded $250 million and there are no reports on costs incurred.
The official also criticised that the POA does not include the income of self-management, which refers to fines and taxes that citizens pay when they do not come to the polls.
She also rebuked to the President of the CNE, Domingo Paredes, for not presenting to the plenary a report on his management, which should then be submitted to the National Assembly. Paredes said he forwarded a report to the Council of Citizen Participation, whereupon Villacis insisted that the procedure for accountability was another.
Paredes also argued that the increase in the budget from 2011 to 2013 was to modernize the technological platform of the CNE.
After an hour, the POA was approved with three affirmative votes, one abstention and one absence.