The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Indira Alfonzo Izaguirre, presented a detailed balance to publicize the results of the automated registration process for candidates, which remained open until Friday, September 4, thus complying with the extension established by the body.
During a press conference, the first electoral authority reported that more than 3,300 applications were received, with an average of 14,400 male and female candidates participating.
She also stressed that 107 organizations will participate in the parliamentary elections on December 6. Out of those 107 organizations, 30 are national organizations, 53 regional organizations, 6 national indigenous organizations and 18 regional indigenous organizations.
CNE rejects foreign interference
The electoral body presented a statement rejecting the interference and illegal claims by the United States government, imposing sanctions on the president of the electoral body, Indira Maira Alfonzo and one of its rectors, José Luis Gutiérrez Parra:
“Faced with the claims of any foreign government to impose, condition, coerce, its senior officials in the performance of their duties without any form of judgment, the Electoral Power based on its democratic and sovereign vocation categorically rejects the illegal sanctions that have been intended to impose.
The document added that unilateral coercive measures are “a flagrant violation of the most elementary principles of international public law, such as respect for the sovereignty and independence of States and the right to self-determination of peoples.” Clarifying that the Electoral Power “has demonstrated with public and visible facts, in addition to being auditable, that its actions remain within the unrestricted adherence of the Constitution and other laws of the Republic.”
Summary of the electoral process to date
Indira Alfonzo also presented a brief summary where she highlighted that since the announcement of the elections, on July 1 of this year, the following aspects have been developed:
- The next elections will be under the proportional and nominal method: 52% of the candidates will be elected proportionally and 42% nominally.
- The electoral process uses the same 87 electoral districts used in the 2010 and 2015 elections.
- The number of positions to be elected increased by 66% compared to the previous elections, from 117 deputies to 277. Of which 144 are part of a proportional list and 133 of the nominal election.
- After the July 1 call, a special electoral registration day was held to register and update the electoral registry.
- An audit to this process was carried out with the active participation of diverse political organizations, who validated and certified the process.
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