Córdoba and Mendoza, the models that Rogelio Frigerio takes for his Single Paper Ballot

Córdoba and Mendoza, the models that Rogelio Frigerio takes for his Single Paper Ballot
Córdoba and Mendoza, the models that Rogelio Frigerio takes for his Single Paper Ballot

The political reform that Rogelio Frigerio wants to Between rivers He started off on the right foot. After the presentation, the majority of the voices that spoke expressed themselves in favor of supporting the governor’s initiative. And some details of what the government will present as a first draft began to appear.

To the advance that he published Letter p This week the formality of the multiparty call was added. As this media reported, the governor led a meeting with the cabinet in Parana with the main representatives of the political parties of the province. He Justicialist Partyhe Socialist Party and the neighborhoodism They have already publicly expressed their approval of the reform, although they presented some previews of what their proposals will be.

The congruent point of the reform is undoubtedly the replacement of the traditional ballot with the Single Paper Ballot (BUP). The discussion that begins in the province is about which model will finally prevail. He supports the intention of an “Entrerriano model” the government’s proposal to emulate the Córdoba model.

The BUP that Rogelio Frigerio wants

Letter p was able to know that the government’s sights are focused on the analysis of the Córdoba model as inspiration for the implementation in Between rivers. Unlike the model Santa Feanother that was contemplated at the beginning of the project, in Cordova The ballot is organized in a single piece and includes all categories of positions eligible for provincial elections: from the Executive, legislators, and municipal positions. In Santa Fethe piece of paper is distributed by independent categories.

As anticipated by the Minister of Government and Labor Manuel Troncosothe other model analyzed is Mendoza. The variation with the Córdoba model is strictly design. Conceptually, both include all the categories, only in the category of Cordova The columns and sections have an inverse design to that of Mendoza.

“What we are looking at is the style Cordova either Mendoza and not so much to Santa Fe. But we are going to put it on the discussion table and we will have to reach a consensus,” Troncoso told this medium. “We do believe that the Córdoba model allows the popular will to be better expressed,” he stated.

What do other political parties want?

The discussion about the model will be central because both neighborhoodism and the Socialist Party, both allies of Frigerio, came out to ask for the model ballot Santa Fe. The cut by categories, they say, favors transparency at the time of the election.

Vanina Perinimayor of Villa del Rosarioa small town in the north of the province is neighborhood-oriented and explained to Letter p that the preference for that ballot is based on the fact that most of the time in small towns, neighborhoodism cannot be present in all categories, which would leave them in an unequal position before the largest parties. In the Córdoba or Mendoza design, the box is included that enables the option of voting on a complete list for all categories, which would disadvantage the youngest in “the ease” of the election.

This last point was one of the questions that arose when Cordova changed its electoral legislation in 2008 and implemented the single ballot in the 2011 elections. The change was driven by the controversial gubernatorial elections in 2007. In that election, the difference between first and second was 1.13%. One of the main problems was that the scrutiny lasted 18 hours, which led to a great deal of public opinion questioning the results. On the same day of inauguration, the elected governor Juan Schiaretti announced the review of the provincial electoral system.

The neighborhood groups also asked that the reform include the possibility of forming Electoral Fronts, an option that is not allowed to them today. They cannot run for office on government boards or in communes, nor present candidatures for provincial legislators.

Support and criticism of Peronism

Political reform has been demanded by various sectors for years in the province. For this reason, the announcement was celebrated by the majority of the opposition, with the exception of some questions such as that of the president of the Justicialist Party of Between rivers, Jose Caceres.

Contrary to the legislators of the Peronist bloc – who supported the initiative -, Cáceres declared that the presentation of the reform with the multi-party call had been “a Frigerio circus.” He said that it seemed inappropriate to hold that discussion in the context of the crises that the province and the country are going through. On the opposite side, the mayor of Villaguay Adrian Fuertes (PJ), with years of experience as president and legislator, publicly supported the initiative. He said that the government’s call had been “generous”, and that this was an opportunity to end the ancient electoral system and “the waste of taxpayers’ money”, supporting the official arguments. He also said that the electoral reform, specifically the BUP, was an opportunity to end the blank lists and the imposition of “foreign pens” in the formation of the lists that “leave the militants out.”


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