The Justicia Social movement will exhaust all its legal weapons to try to register Álvaro Noboa’s presidential candidacy for the 2021 general elections. The businessman’s close circle insists on an alleged conspiracy to keep him out of the elections, while the National Council Electoral (CNE) argues that the group did not meet the electoral deadlines to register the replacement of Fabricio Correa, who was elected in the primaries, but later resigned from the nomination.
Silka Sánchez, spokeswoman for Social Justice, attacked the CNE authorities and called them ” corrupt .” Through a press conference offered this Monday, November 23, 2020, Sánchez questioned a statement issued by the electoral body, which warns that the movement will not carry out new processes of internal democracy and registration of candidates for the dignities of President, Vice President and National Assemblymen. “They try to deceive the citizens with a smoke line without a signature of responsibility. Lies are being invented to create obstacles and incidents, “said the policy.
Sánchez confirmed that three appeals have been filed with the Contentious Electoral Tribunal (TCE). The first was a request for the execution of the sentence, to comply with the provisions of the TCE itself, which ratified that Social Justice retains its legal status, after the CNE eliminated them from the registry. In addition, the ruling established reparation measures , so that the group continues in the electoral race “on equal terms” with the rest of the political organizations.
The second is a subjective appeal against the CNE resolution that “reconsidered” the guidelines for Social Justice to continue in the electoral contest. The Council ordered that the registration process of its candidates be resumed, but only in the provinces where the documentation did not enter and where they could not do primaries. This resolution left no possibilities for the candidacy of Noboa to be registered for the Presidency, since the CNE argued that Social Justice did hold primaries for that dignity and did not replace Fabricio Correa within the established deadlines.
The third recourse is a complaint action against the CNE councilors , since they consider that they incurred in an alleged electoral violation. In addition, Sánchez spoke of denouncing the counselors in the State Attorney General’s Office, of course “breach of judicial order before a legitimate judge.”
The legal battle will also take place outside the country. Sánchez announced that they filed complaints with the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
The social justice spokeswoman also attacked the Creo movement and the Christian Social Party ( PSC), arguing that they are afraid that Noboa’s candidacy will be qualified because it “leads the polls.”
Chronology of the Social Justice case:
September 16, 2020
The CNE removed the Social Justice movement from the registry of political organizations after conducting an administrative review process . The decision was based on a report from the Comptroller’s Office that detected irregularities in the signatures that the group presented to obtain its legal status.
October 6, 2020
Arturo Cabrera, judge of the Contentious Electoral Tribunal (TCE), accepted a subjective appeal and ruled in the first instance in favor of the movement , nullifying the resolution that eliminated it from the registry of political organizations. Diana Atamaint, president of the CNE, appealed the sentence.
October 30, 2020
The Plenary of the TCE denied Atamaint’s appeal and confirmed that Social Justice retains its legal status . In addition, it issued reparation measures. It was decided that the CNE take all administrative measures necessary for the count movement with the reasonable time and the appropriate means, in equality of conditions that had other political organizations , for primary, registration and qualification of candidates for the elections of 2021 .
November 5, 2020
In compliance with the ruling of the TCE, the National Electoral Council approved a resolution that ordered the Provincial Electoral Boards that did not give way to the registration process , initiate the process and qualify the candidacies of assembly members. Five days were granted for them to carry out their internal electoral processes and a period of two days, after the primaries, for the acceptance of the position of the pre-candidates. In addition, a period of eight days was granted to continue with the process of registration of the candidacies, through the web or through the secretariats of the electoral delegations, in those cases in which the candidacy registration process was not completed.
November 7, 2020
Álvaro Noboa announces his aspirations for the Presidency of the Republic, sponsored by Justicia Socia. The movement requested the registration of the presidential binomial made up of Álvaro Noboa and Gino Cornejo, through the online system of the National Electoral Council.