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Saturday, August 23 2014 @ 03:17 PM EDT

Galvez Says Reforms To Electoral Law Will Go Forward

Law & LawyersRegardless of the decision taken by the magistrates of the Electoral Tribunal (TE) on removing the electoral reforms from the National Assembly, the Deputies are required to legislate. So said the President of the National Assembly, Sergio Galvez, when asked about the request by the judges of TE to remove the reforms to the electoral code from the agenda. Gerardo Solis, the President of the Electoral Tribunal asked Galvez to submit his request to have the proposed reforms removed from the agenda for consideration to the Deputies, through a two paragraph letter issued this Tuesday, July 10, which also included the pronouncement by the National Commission on Electoral Reforms (CNRE) on the subject, adopted last July 4 at a special session. Galvez said while he respects the decision made by the Electoral Tribunal, he does not share it and he had not yet read the note from Solis (at the time of the interview). However, he said the Deputies have the ability to legislate. "But that is not going to relieve us to continue fulfilling our legislative work, we have the power through the working groups to present motions, in which we could, by mutual agreement of all the parties, of discussing any topic that has to be changed within the reforms to the electoral law," said Galvez. Galvez withdrew his proposal to remove the "sheet vote" from the election law because "it is harmful to the country." He added that the current rules do not provide for independent candidates for President. He recalled that members of the civil society has insisted there should be given the opportunity for an independent candidacy for President of the Republic. (Prensa)
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