On Wednesday, 9 September, the Joint Parliamentary Committee will have to settle the discrepancies in the project that allows regional councillors to be candidates for deputy or senator in the 2021 elections.
This project has had a complex debate, given the Government’s entry of a «framework of understanding» in which it proposes «to move the election of regional governors, both first and second round, to be held in conjunction with the final presidential election of 2021, that is, on 21 November».
But also, in the context of the discussion was entered an indication that raises the inability of other posts, which will thus be left with the green light to apply for some position of popular election in next year’s recharged electoral calendar.
The debate is crossed by the law issued by Congress in June which limits the re-election of authorities which states that deputies may be re-elected successively in office for up to two periods; while senators may be re-elected successively in office for a period. In the case of regional councillors – whose period is 4 years – they may be re-elected successively in office for up to two periods. In the meantime, mayors and councillors may be re-elected for up to the next two and successive periods.
For this reason, beyond simply addressing the issue of inability to positions of regional councillors, the Executive has also opted to reduce deadlines and limitations so that other authorities can run for other positions.
For example, if the inability currently in force is not changed, Undersecretaries, ministers and mayors who aspire to Congress should leave the government in November 2020, but the indication states that «the inability established with respect to The Ministers of State, Undersecretaries, Regional Presidential Delegates and Provincial Presidential Delegates will apply to those who have had that quality as of March 10 of the year in which the parliamentary election occurs,» that is, next year.
The indication further states that «regional governors, regional councillors, mayors and councillors may be candidates for the primary or final election of deputy or senator, from the registration of their candidacy by the Electoral Service in the Electoral Register, as appropriate, in which case they will cease their office».
In addition, it incorporates a new subsection that states that «the deputy or senator whose candidacy is registered by the Electoral Service will cease in the Special Register for the primary or final election of regional governor or mayor, or in the final election of regional councillor or councillor»
The indication states that «they may be candidates for regional governor: deputies, senators, mayors and councillors may be candidates for regional governor and shall cease in office at the time their candidacy is registered by the Electoral Service in the Special Register for the primary or final election of regional governor».
In the case of regional councillors, he notes that «mayors and councillors (…) and will cease in office at the time their candidacy is registered by the Electoral Service in the Special Register for such election.»
It also notes that they may be candidates for mayors and councillors «deputies, senators, regional governors, and regional councillors (…) and will cease in office at the time of registration of their candidacy by the Electoral Service in the Special Register for the respective election.»
The Joint Commission will settle the issue tomorrow, and as a constitutional reform, 3/5 votes are required, «so it is important to have a point of agreement with all the benches,» anticipated the president of the instance, Senator UDI Claudio Alvarado.
«We are not available to innovate in the inability of appointed positions, and I believe that the vast majority of opposition benches are also not available,» replied Socialist Party Senator and Helmsman Alvaro Elizalde.