Chamber of Deputies selects, finally, IFE advisors (In Spanish)

Reforma, 12/15/11

Luego de casi 14 meses de tener congelada la aprobación de tres consejeros del IFE, la Cámara de Diputados finalmente eligió para ocupar los puestos vacantes a Lorenzo Córdova, Sergio García Ramírez y María Marván. Los nuevos consejeros desempeñarán su cargo hasta el 2020.

Con 385 votos a favor y siete abstenciones de diputados del Partido del Trabajo (PT) se dio aval a la terna presentada por la Junta de Coordinación Política, luego de que el IFE funcionara con sólo seis de sus nueve integrantes.

Durante ese tiempo, el acuerdo entre partidos había sido imposible debido a que el Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) pretendió imponer dos de los tres nombres de los candidatos posibles.

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Commentary by Andrew Selee, Director of the Mexico Institute:

Selee

Finally Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) will have nine citizen councilors as marked by law, and just in time for the election season.  By consensus, the Congress selected three eminently qualified candidates for the three positions.  Unlike in past selection processes, in which the parties have sought candidates who they thought (wrongly or rightly) would respond to their wishes, this time they selected heavyweights with strong independent streaks.  Perhaps this reflects a desire in the party leaderships, especially the new PRI leadership, to have an independent IFE that brings credibility to the elections rather than a weak electoral body.

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