Peru agrees to abolish the primaries for the regional and local elections of 2022

The plenary session of the Peruvian Congress this Thursday, with three votes, passed the bill that will suspend the primaries in the regional and local elections scheduled for next year.

The test resulted in 72 votes in favor, 38 against and four abstentions, although the legislature had to cast its vote up to three times, reports the local newspaper “El Comercio”.

In this way, the previous regulations, according to which the parties in regional and local elections had to go through primary elections, in which the citizens can determine the candidates, are overridden.

Peru agrees to abolish the primaries for the regional and local elections of 2022
Peru agrees to abolish the primaries for the regional and local elections of 2022

Now the Peruvian Congress has changed its formula and, as with last year’s elections, political formations have to resort to internal voting, in which only their members or a selection by delegates take part.

Earlier, the President of the National Election Jury (JNE), Jorge Salas, had told the Constitutional Commission of the Peruvian Congress that holding the primaries without the necessary time and without clear legislation in regional and local elections could be “catastrophic” for the country .

For his part, the head of the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), Peiro Corvetto, has appeared before the commission – as has Salas – to present his arguments for the suspension of the primaries, the newspaper collects. The Republic’.

The approved text now stipulates that the vote on the election of the municipal councils will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (local time). People at risk of infection by COVID-19, pregnant women or parents of children under two years of age can request a waiver or no-show when integrating the tables.

For his part, former Prime Minister Guido Bellido, who represents Peru Libre – the party of the country’s President Pedro Castillo – has pointed out that holding a primary round “jeopardizes” the results and the electoral process in a pandemic. Context.

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