Reform to the electoral code will no longer go with an urgent message

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The Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Prada, is confident that this project will be processed quickly even if the message is withdrawn

Reform to the electoral code will no longer go with urgent message

The new Electoral Code will not be valid due to the vices of process, indicated the Constitutional Court.

After the controversy aroused by the reform of the electoral code —even among members of the government bench—, plus the urgent message that had been attached to it, the Colombian Interior Minister, Alfonso Prada, announced that said message had been withdrawn this Thursday, November 24.

The urgent message had been filed on November 10 and was withdrawn just 14 days later, “taking into account the request of various political groups regarding the need to generate more debate in each of the stages of the legislative process of this bill.” law, and that for the national government it is important to generate greater consensus to obtain a new electoral code that modernizes our current electoral regulations”.

The withdrawal request was sent in a letter to the presidents of the Senate, Roy Barreras; the House of Representatives, David Racero, and the First Commissions of the two legislative bodies.

At a press conference, Alfonso Prada mentioned that this decision had been announced last Wednesday in the First Committee of the House of Representatives, in the midst of the debate on political reform.

“The arguments seem reasonable to us, first, from the Historical Pact itself, from the Chamber bench; second, that we believe that it is well worth listening to society because in the public hearings and in general, through the media, observations have been presented”, noted the minister.

Among other things, government spokesman Petro mentioned that they are considering dividing the original project into two: one for personal identification procedures and another for electoral procedures. They will also review electoral guarantees and electoral software regulations.

“It means that it will not be debated in joint sessions and that it will continue its ordinary process as a statutory law in the First Commission of the Senate of the Republic, where we originally filed it. Next week, that debate will surely begin calmly,” said Prada, who said that he trusts that the congressmen will give the discussion the speed it deserves, even though it is not listed as urgent. In any case, with this change, it is highly probable that the initiative will not be approved this year.

For his part, David Racero rescued the extra time that wins the discussion: “Received! Urgent message is removed from the electoral code. There will be more time to discuss something so important in depth!”, he noted.

The representative to the Chamber for Bogotá and one of the most notable opponents of this project taking a step accelerated by Congress, Catherine Juvinao, thanked the decision to withdraw the urgent message. He said that he received the news calmly and insisted that the three weeks remaining for the closing of this regular session are insufficient to properly discuss it.

“I celebrate and will always celebrate that This government is willing to listen, above all, to the congressmen who have accompanied this project of change and who have no other objective than that the transformation that we have promised the country turns out well. I also thank Minister Prada for his willingness and we will be here doing our job from the Congress, “said the Alianza Verde congresswoman.