The majority bloc of Morena in the Senate yielded to the insistence of the PVEM, its ally, and supported its proposal to include in the electoral reform the possibility that allied political parties can distribute the votes they obtain.
The modification to the opinion was presented to the plenary by Senator Israel Zamora, during the discussion in particular of the reform promoted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the Moreno legislators.
Zamora said that, contrary to what the opposition and some analysts say, that possibility that the Chamber of Deputies had included — and that the Senate wanted to erase — is not adverse to the country’s Constitution, given that at the local level several entities allow allied parties to distribute votes according to their respective coalition agreements.
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Endorsing this distribution of votes favors parties considered small, such as the PVEM and the PT, both allies of Morena, by opening a window to increase their vote, reach the percentage required by law to keep the registry and, with it, have access to more legislative spaces and public financing.
It is clear that those who criticize the opinion of the #ReformaElectoral base their “opinions” on fallacies that do not contribute to the discussion and do confuse the citizenry.
The modifications involve improving the #INE which must be impartial at all times. #SeguimosTrabajando pic.twitter.com/xVyMN3oNUJ
— Israel Zamora Guzmán (@IsraelZamora_) December 15, 2022
Opposition senators such as Damián Zepeda, of the PAN, and Emilio Álvarez Icaza, of the Plural Group, criticized the reservation presented by Zamora. They even described it as “a frade” towards the electorate, since people’s votes could end up being counted for a different party than the one they voted for.
The issue, which was finally approved by 58 votes in favor and 49 against, caused moments of discussion between Álvarez Icaza and César Cravioto, of Morena.
Álvarez Icaza charged that this modification amounts to “prostitution”, since a larger party like Morena can offer a payment in votes to another smaller force. Meanwhile, Cravioto called Álvarez Icaza a “fake” and emphasized the fact that he won his seat in the Senate nominated in 2018 by the PAN-PRD-MC coalition, although shortly after taking office he declared himself “independent.”
Throughout Wednesday, PVEM lawmakers met in the Senate to lobby for the inclusion of their proposal in the electoral reform. One of the promoters of this reserve was the coordinator of the party’s federal deputies, Carlos Puente.
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