The Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) issued an instruction on the dismissal of public officials in the face of the exit plebiscite of the new Constitution, which will be held on September 4.
In the document, the CGR pointed out that “unlike these last plebiscites in which the Executive and the mayor have a direct role that allows them to promote one of the alternatives submitted to citizen decision, in the initial plebiscite the President of the Republic appears as an executor of the constitutional mandate”.
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The role of the President “is limited to developing the plebiscitary process adhering to the guidelines set by the constituent, without the Executive assuming, in the exercise of public function, a position on the matter subject to decision,” he added.
The comptroller body emphasized that “the Executive cannot assume, in the exercise of the public function, a position on the matter that will be the object of consultation in this new electoral process.”
Among the restrictions for public officials facing the exit plebiscite, the text of the controlling body states that “the authorities and public servants cannot use their jobs to favor or harm any of the alternatives consulted on this occasion, either directly or through through the tendencies or political parties that support them”.
“It also configures an administrative illicit use for the indicated purposes, public resources, as well as fiscal, municipal or other state entity assets,” said the Comptroller.
Likewise, it added that the “authorities and heads of the organs and services of the Administration may not, by any means, give orders, instructions or suggestions that imply or induce the officials of their dependency to transgress the principles and norms regarding the prescindence policy of the servants of the State Administration in this plebiscite”.
The document also details that “there is an absolute prohibition on using state vehicles for private tasks or tasks outside the body or service to which they belong, whether on business days or non-business days.”
“The public bodies and services that make up the State Administration may not incur in other expenses for advertising and dissemination than those necessary for the fulfillment of their functions,” the text adds.
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