April 23, 2023, 4:00 AM
April 23, 2023, 4:00 AM
The pre-selection of applicants for high positions in the Judicial Branch began for the second time, after a constitutional protection annulled the process and required the Legislative Assembly to modify the bases of the call. The Mixed Constitution Commission You will receive the registration of candidates until May 2who must submit “more flexible” requirements and within tight deadlines.
“With the notary, we are going to restart the process. Today (Saturday) we are complying with our calendar, we are going to open the books and from Registration for new applicants begins today”, pointed out the president of the Commission, Senator Patricia Arce.
The MAS legislator questioned that the “political interference” of some justice administrators has slowed down the pre-selection process two days after closing the call, on April 16. Before the consultation, what will happen if another legal resource is presented against the regulation, Arce warned that this scenario could lead to the Legislature activating other “inappropriate” mechanisms. pre-selection of candidates.
“If there were another protection, the malice of the population and of these current authorities would already be noticeable. because the only thing they are going to do is harm the population and harm us because we are going to have to look for other mechanisms that are not going to be the ideal ones to be able to guarantee that there are good candidates and authorities that direct the Judicial Branch,” he warned.
legislators have 80 calendar days, that is, until July 9, to conclude with the selection of pre-candidates and send the shortlists to the Plurinational Electoral Body, according to article 77 of Law 026 of the Electoral Regime.
The registration of applications will be from April 22 to May 2 and are received from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the hours enabled are only in the morning.
The six candidates who applied before April 14 must re-registersince the previous books were without effect.
Change of requirements
The Mixed Constitution Commission of the Legislative Assembly, with a majority of the MAS, held 11 changes to the application regulations, eliminated three specific requirements and modified eight requirements. Opposition parliamentarians warned that these alterations will benefit supporters of the ruling party.
In the case of common requirements, point 15 was deleted, which established not having been part of any Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and Point 16, which referred to not having issued a public political opinion, which caused a Benian citizen to challenge the call.
In relation to the requirements of the Plurinational Constitutional Court (TCP), it was decided not to have been a member of a political party 8 years before the candidate pre-selection process. In addition, point 10 was changed, which states that applicants must not have been part of or have defended people linked to de facto governments.