January 09, 2008

The Electoral Court on the Side of Morales?

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In recent days the Morales government has only willingly appointed Jose Luis Exeni to the National Electoral Court (CNE for its Spanish name). Exeni, a journalist and alleged MAS militant, has been chosen to replace Salvador Romero, whom has just finished his term as member and president of the CNE.

So, that doesn't need to mean anything, some might say. Exeni himself said he will work to guarantee the impartiallity, independence and autonomy of the electoral court. Under Romero, the CNE has carried out the last important elections with praise from the international community.

One example, I can think of that impressed me personally, is the website which has all kinds of useful information. This website stands for transparency. Nonetheless, I am still asking myself how will it be the work of the CNE with Exeni? Moreover, how will it look like after the missing three members are appointed?

There is no doubt that for a Latin American President, having the electoral court on his side is a tremendous advantage. After all, the CNE would make significantly important decisions on the electoral processes coming in 2008. Who can vote, is one decision that comes to mind.