The Alianza Observation Ciudadana de la Democracia (OCD) Bolivia and 13 civil society institutions described the recall of members of the departmental electoral courts (TED) who had no vacancies and who were replaced as an attack on the independence and autonomy of the electoral body by the the executive designated authorities.
“Concerned about the alleged abuse of the institutions, the laws and the political constitution of the state, we raise our protest in front of the replacement, which is being exercised against a regulation clearly based on a six-year term of office for electoral members in order to avoid changing them as the mood takes them any government. This is an attack on the principle of the autonomy and independence of the electoral body, “said the statement released this Thursday.
Eight members were appointed this Wednesday by the Board of Directors and the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Freddy Mamani. The appointments were made to members of the TEDs from Beni, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Tarija, Chuquisaca, Pando, Oruro and Potosí. In January he was appointed to the singing of La Paz.
The OCD and the signing institutions note that only two posts were vacant: Chuquisaca and Cochabamba, the members appointed by Áñez resigned after Salvador Romero’s resignation and the election of the sub-national authorities, but the rest of the members did not resign.
They stipulate that the President-appointed members, although they have a different nomination procedure than the other four that make up the TEDs plenary chamber, at the time of their formal appointment will become an additional member who must fulfill a six-year mandate as well as the members appointed by the Chamber of Deputies.
The members of the TEDs who administer the electoral justice system are protected by the reinforced safeguards that protect all judges and courts. “In this sense, they enjoy a term of office until the fulfillment of their mandate and can only be dismissed by criminal conviction or for a very serious criminal offense under Article 21 of the Law on the Plurinational Electoral Bodies, having previously been given the guarantees of due process and an effective defense “they claim.
In this case, the TEDs of Tarija, Beni, Pando, Oruro, Potosí and Santa Cruz had no vacancies, nor did they resign or discipline or resign the members appointed under constitutional procedure.
They also make it clear that the provision that determines the “appointment” of a member by the President of the Republic under Article 33 of the Law on the Plurinational Electoral Authority “in no way means that this delegation is considered to be the national government in the electoral courts of the departments that Are part of an independent state body that cannot be attacked by any other body for any reason.
In addition to the OCD Bolivia, 13 organizations have joined the declaration, including: Bolivian Association of Political Science (ABCP), Career of Political Sciences of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Building Networks for Development, Faculty of Law, Sciences Policies and Socials of the San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca University, Cochabamba Women’s Departmental Political Forum, LGBT Equality Foundation, Jubilee Foundation, Prisma Group, Latam Initiative, Institute of Development and Governance (IDG), Legal Office for Women, Training Program Policy (Procap).