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Deputies will approve today the Law on Parties

SANTO DOMINGO. The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Abel Martinez, assured reporters that today this chamber would approve the legislative proposal of the Law of Political Parties with the consensus of the political organizations that are represented in this legislative body.

The announcement was made through his Twitter account,@AbelMartinezD, after he chaired a meeting of the special commission of the lower chamber that is studying this legislative initiative.

“With the consensus of the political parties represented in the @DiputadosRD tomorrow (today) we will approve the Law of Parties,” he said.

Martinez placed this Tweet after heading a meeting yesterday afternoon of the special commission that is chaired by the PLD deputy, Henry Meran.

The Diario Libre consulted PLD Deputy Miriam Cabral, who is a member of this special commission, regarding this. He revealed that the report was signed by nearly all of the deputies, with the exception of the four legislators of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD).

The special commission of 15 members is composed of, seven deputies from the PLD, three deputies from the PRM and the deputy from the PRSC besides the four members from the PRD.

PRD Deputy Victor Gomez Casanova, said on his Twitter account that the legislators of the White Party would not sign the report of the legislative proposal for the Law of Political Parties, because the PLD decided by a majority vote to eliminate paragraphs H and I from the proposal.

Those paragraphs prohibited the officials or employees of the State or of the municipalities to place at the disposition of any political party or candidate the public assets or funds for their personal advantage. Gomez Casanova, who is also the PRD spokesman, added: “What sense does a Law of Political Parties have that does not guarantee equality of conditions for the election competitions?”

Deputy Cabral noted that the commissioners reached an agreement regarding the issues that had not been approved because of a lack of consensus.

She cited among these, that the newly created parties can participate by themselves or in an alliance in the first election process; that the parties have the authority to decide whether they will direct their primary elections, or permit the Central Electoral Board (JCE) to administer them. In any case she said that they should always be supervised by the election agency. In addition they achieved a consensus that the political parties can choose the voter registration rolls to be used in their internal processes, the quotas for the distribution of the resources which the state delivers to the political parties, and that the elective position should go to the person who wins it and not to the party, in case of a resignation.

The eliminated paragraphs

Paragraph H says: “Use, in any form and in any manner, the public assets and funds belonging to any one of the levels or instances of the State, to personal advantage or the advantage of those candidates they have proposed, except the contributions indicated in the present law.”

Paragraph I says: “It is prohibited in a like manner for all officials or state employees or of the municipalities to place at the disposition of any party or political group or any candidate or permit then the use in any way or manner of public assets or funds.”

Source: DiarioLibre

March 3, 2015

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