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Centro Juan XXIII: 2016 elections were shameful

Centro Juan XXIII has issued a report on the celebration of the recent general election. The think tank described the elections as “shameful and unacceptable” and demanded that none of the current Central Electoral Board (JCE) members should be allowed to remain in their posts. The members are up for appointment in August with the change of government.

The center says that there were multiple logistical, planning and general management failures. “The Central Electoral Board members did not heed warnings from civil society and refused to listen to the opposition parties. This led to doubts about the impartiality of the institution while motivating intervention by international observers who recommended that these voices should be heard,” says the highly regarded think tank in its report.

“It is sad to see how after a multi-million investment of funds contributed by taxpayers, the outcome was a shameful and unacceptable process, becoming the most dubious election in the past 20 years,” said the institution.

The Centro Juan XXIII also calls for new judges to be elected for the Superior Electoral Court, adding that people who are far removed from the interests of the political parties should be responsible for selecting them, as a way of ensuring that the composition of the court and the Central Electoral Board is more representative.

In its report, the Centro Juan XXIII also calls for Congress to pass the new framework for political activity, the so-called Electoral Bill and Political Parties Bill that have both stagnated in Congress for decades, so that they are put in place to guarantee transparency, strengthen institutions and equality for the 2020 elections and beyond.

Source: Dr1, Noriciassin

June 6, 2016

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