Contributed by: Don WinnerThe caucus of the ruling Democratic Change (CD) political party concluded their meeting, during which they discussed the development of the debates over Bill 508 on amendments to the Electoral Code. After the meeting, the CD lawmakers announced they are ready to stop the so-called "delaying tactics" that have used the deputies of the opposition parties, to stop the advance of the second debate of the proposed electoral reforms. José Muņoz, a Deputy from the CD party, said in the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly there are mechanisms to prevent delaying tactics. He said that, at the right time, the majority of the Deputies in the plenary will use these mechanisms. The CD lawmakers could invoke Article 246 of the Regulation, which states: "Article 246. The manner to fill regulatory gaps. Matters not covered by these rules shall be governed by the National Assembly through a proposition approved by the majority." (Prensa)
Editor's Comment: The CD is giving the PRD and the Panameņistas enough rope to hang themselves. Recent public opinion surveys indicate the public supports these proposed reforms, so the harder the opposition fights to stall and delay the debate, the worse they look. Everyone pretty much understands that the rules were "twisted" by the PRD when they were in power (2004 - 2009) to unfairly favor them, and now the CD is reversing those changes. In any case, eventually the CD will get tired of screwing around, and just pull the trigger. I know I'm getting tired of talking about it, and I suspect you're getting tired of reading about it.