A digital system was launched to prevent fake affiliations in political parties: 18 thousand requests have already been rejected

A digital system was launched to prevent fake affiliations in political parties: 18 thousand requests have already been rejected
A digital system was launched to prevent fake affiliations in political parties: 18 thousand requests have already been rejected

The files where the membership records of political parties are kept

Affiliates who died or did not live in that province or were minors or had never signed. These cases are counted by the thousands in politics. To avoid these “mischiefs”, the electoral judge of the province of Buenos AiresAlejo Ramos Padillastarted a digital membership system that immediately compares the data of those who want to join. It has been working for two weeks and It has already rejected nearly 18 thousand requests that did not meet all the requirements.

Law 23.298 on political parties establishes the requirements for a person to join a group. Living in that district, being on the electoral roll, not being registered with another party. All of this, the law states, must be presented on a paper form. But the control of each of the data was manual, which delays approval and often leads to the acceptance of memberships that do not meet all the requirements.

To prevent this, Judge Ramos Padilla implemented a system in the province of Buenos Aires – the largest electoral district in the country – to speed up the process and avoid false affiliations.

This is a digital system that was developed by the Electoral Secretariat of the Court that does not modify the requirements established by law and what it does is incorporate technological tools before submitting the membership in paper form. Thus, in the first stage of the process, the data of the person who wants to join a party are verified against those in the National Registry of Persons (RENAPER).

The system verifies the citizen’s data: the number of his/her identity document and the procedure. In this way, RENAPER verifies that they are correct and that it is the latest copy of the document. If the data is correct, the system validates the continuation of the procedure. Then the information is verified with the electoral register of the province of Buenos Aires: that the person is on the electoral roll, that he/she is not a foreigner, that he/she is not a resident of another province, that he/she is not affiliated with another party or that he/she is already a member of the same party. Then the affiliate must validate his/her biometric data.

If everything is correct, the political party will be able to submit the membership in paper form to the electoral court. The system even generates a bar code on the paper. The court can also verify the data with this. But with submissions that are deemed to have passed the formal controls.

The system went into operation two weeks ago. “In those two weeks, the system validated 15,482 thousand membership forms and another 17,866 were rejected because the person was from another district, because they were a minor or because they were already affiliated with another party,” He explained to Infobae a judicial source.

Electoral judge Alejo Ramos Padilla

Another official working in the system outlined what the change means: “Sometimes a freighter hired by a party would stop and they would start unloading boxes and boxes and boxes of membership forms. And the work was done manually to verify each one. That work continues but with far fewer forms and with a digital system that has already carried out an initial check.”

The system is mandatory and has been approved by the National Electoral Chamber for implementation. For now, it is only applied in the court of the province of Buenos Aires, headed by Ramos Padilla, but the idea is to extend it to the rest of the districts of the country.

The new methodology is already being used by the Radical Civic Union of the province of Buenos Aires, which will hold its internal elections in October to renew its authorities. To do so, it must obtain the approval of the courts of the membership lists that will be used. And soon La Libertad Avanza, the party of the president of the nation, will also be using it. Javier Mileyyou will need to start using the system.

This is because it obtained provisional recognition as a political party in the province last week and to be a group with definitive status it must comply, among other requirements, with the presentation of four thousand members. In fact, Karina Milei, The President’s sister and in charge of the national LLA organization, led a membership event this Saturday in the Buenos Aires town of Morón.

“Contrary to what one might think, the parties took the new system very well. We expected complaints but that did not happen. It is useful for the parties because it allows them to know exactly how many members they have when they present the forms and also to identify the most mischievous leaders or bosses who presented false forms.a source explained.

 
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