However, in Congress there was no atmosphere to advance the debate. It was argued, among other reasons, that there are too many articles to carry out an in-depth debate in a few weeks. In addition, it “goes against” the government program.
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“The arguments seem reasonable to us, first of the Historical Pact itself, of the Chamber bench. Second, we believe that it is worth listening to society because in public hearings and in general through the media, observations have been presented that warrant us reviewing whether it is worth having in a single project the entire civil registry, the authentication plus the entire electoral procedure, or it is worth processing it in two separate projects”, explained the minister.
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The very serious question, bomb, of @CathyJuvinao (Greens, government party) in debate on the Electoral Code: “Is the national government playing along with Alex Vega to pay for the elections?” pic.twitter.com/fUdSPYoHXl
— Melquisedec Torres (@Melquisedec70) November 23, 2022
The minister also commented: “We listen to the reasons that the citizens, the political parties have presented in the hearings and what interests us most is that the debate be deep and without a shadow of doubt. That the debate be deep because this Electoral Code could end up lasting the next 50 years”.
Doubts and controversies in the Electoral Code
In principle, it was the same Electoral Code that was processed in the last Congress, but that the Constitutional Court overturned due to errors in the process. That was one of the first qualms. In the same way, they questioned that articles were added to it.
A few weeks ago, when the debate was already imminent, the Electoral Observation Mission (MOE) warned that it was inconvenient to discuss this project in the middle of the electoral campaign, which is about to begin.
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“It is completely unnecessary and inconvenient to generate uncertainty about the rules of the electoral process for the 2023 local elections,” warned the MOE. Nevertheless, The need to update the electoral regulations was highlighted.
They also said that this initiative “does not fully respond to what is indicated in the government program to resolve the needs for change in the management of elections.”
They added: “We cannot squander the historic opportunity to make a reform that produces the changes that the citizenry demands.”
Alirio Uribe himself, one of the ‘hardcore’ members of the Pact, commented that the project had “unconstitutional defects”. But, without a doubt, the discussion was taken to another level and the representative of the Green Alliance Catherine Juvinao questioned whether the Government was “paying” the registrar Alexánder Vega a favor.
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“The worst thing is that the National Government is playing the game of Álex Vega, a man so questioned, just to pay for the elections, I wonder. Yes? I wonder. Is the National Government sending an urgent message to Álex Vega to repay the favor? It is the information that is there. You don’t have to pay Álex Vega any favors,” he commented in the debate on political reform in the First Commission of the Chamber, on Wednesday.
Faced with this accusation, Senator Gustavo Bolívar, Petro’s squire, asked Juvinao to present evidence that the Historical Pact owes favors to Alexander Vega. “We only proved that four seats were going to be stolen from us and we recovered them. If he does not present evidence, we demand that he retract that slander that matches the right or lose all respect, ”said Senator Bolívar.