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ELECTORAL REFORMS

TE working on proposal for private financing of campaigns

Temas:

The judges of the Tribunal Electoral (TE) addressed the plenary of the National Assembly today with several modifications to the reforms to the electoral code, which were approved last week in first debate.

Judge Eduardo Valdés Escoffery said, for example, that one of the proposals that most concerns him is the increase in the limit of private donations that a candidate can accept.

The Commission of Government approved an increase that was 10 times the amount proposed by the TE.

"There are constituencies that have different sizes, different complexities," the judge said. "We are starting to work on a formula that is based on the constituencies, because the formula is based on the voters."

For example, a district that has 600,000 voters, such as Panama City, has a spending limit of $3 million, an amount that Escoffery said is too high.

He added that Commission of Government Chairman Quibian Panay has expressed a willingness to discuss the issue further.

"I am optimistic that the Assembly, in second debate, will meet with us and find a solution," he said.

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