The Qualifying Elections Court (Tricel) made a decision that directly affects the re-election options of the current mayor of Renca, Claudio Castro, as it left him outside the municipal elections on April 11.
According to the judgment issued on 24 February, the Tricel decided, in divided vote (three against two), to exclude the communal chief, as he would not comply with the rules having resigned outside the legal term to the Christian Democracy (DC), which happened on October 26, 2019.
«Within these limits is that the independence of the candidate must be considered, that is, between 00:00 hours on October 26, 2019 until 24:00 hours on January 11, 2021. That being so, the resignation made by the pre-party Mr Castro Salas has not been brought within the time limit referred to in the transscribed constitutional rule and therefore violates it,» the judgment says.
According to the ruling, «Mr Castro’s resignation letter filed with the Electoral Service on October 26, 2019 is sufficient evidence that, appreciated by this Court as a jury, it allows us to conclude that the judgment appealed must be overturned.»
In this way, the claim against Servel was rejected and the ruling was reversed in favour at first instance of the second ELECTORAL Tribunal of the RM.
Through his Twitter account, Castro said that «in a fact that undermines democracy, the @PRIdemocrata achieves its goal: TRICEL’s divided ruling imposes a designated mayor in #Renca. We’ll take action. It must l@s renquin@s and not a court to el choose its mayor. We’re not lowering our arms!»
In a fact that undermines democracy, the @PRIdemocrata achieves its objective: TRICEL’s divided ruling imposes a designated mayor in #Renca. We’ll take action. It must l@s renquin@s and not a court to el choose its mayor. We’re not lowering our arms, #QueRencaDecida
— Claudio Castro Salas (@cn_castro) February 26, 2021
In support of Castro, during the night of this Thursday there were demonstrations in the commune. About 500 neighbours arrived in Renca Square.
Read the Tricel’s fault.
The only candidate
With the prohibition of participation, the only candidate left in Renca is the one linked to Chile Vamos, César Monsalve (PRI), so he should win without problems.
Monsalve’s problem is that he has a report of domestic violence, for which he was arrested last January. The complaint was filed by the postulant’s wife as communal chief before the Subcommittee of Carabineros de Lo Velasquez.
The complainant, as complemented by the Radar Renca medium, showed up with arm injuries in the police unit, which were found at the adjoining care center. Because of this Monsalve himself decided to appear voluntarily with the uniformed police, going to detention control during this day.
Through his Facebook account, Castro handed over his version of events, suring that «everything that currently appears on social media that is being disclosed is absolute falsehood.»
«I have experienced a very difficult marital stage like many of those who are reading to me today. From my principles I swear I’ve never touched my wife. Right now it’s all in the hands of the D.A.’s office. I voluntarily went to the police station because ‘he who does nothing fears nothing’ and met all the requirements required of me by law,» he said.
The police side can read it at the following link.