Opposition Pressuring Martinelli To Veto Electoral Reforms
Saturday, September 15 2012 @ 07:49 am EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Zulema Sucre, the representative of the Women's Front of the Panameñista party, asked Martinelli to veto Bill 508, which was approved on Friday, 14 September 2012 by the National Assembly. Sucre told local media she expects the president to be a little more sensible and to "veto this law, which is totally unconstitutional."
The Front for Democracy will be meeting today, Saturday, 15 September 2012 at the headquarters of the General Confederation of Workers of Panama, in order to determine what actions they will take following the approval of Bill 508 by the National Assembly. The general coordinator of the group, Mariano Mena, said they would march to the Presidency on Monday, 17 September, to demand that President Martinelli veto the law.
The three judges of the Electoral Tribunal - who through their recent actions have proven themselves to be little more than lapdogs of the PRD political party - sent a nine page letter to President Ricardo Martinelli which says, in part, "Bill 508 contains, in our view, reforms that are inconvenient and evidence of unconstitutionality."
So it's really no surprise that the PRD, Panameñista's, and their supporters and allies are now turning to President Martinelli to ask him to veto Bill 508. And, I doubt those efforts will be successful. I expect Martinelli will sign this bill into law, if he hasn't done so already.
Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.