May 27, 2020

The Peruvian Government begins to organize the legislative elections of January 2020

The government of the Peruvian president, Martín Vizcarra, began organizing the parliamentary elections of January 2020 with the approval on Wednesday of several measures on the contracting of services and financing, by means of an emergency decree, in view of the fact that Congress has been dissolved .

The emergency decree, signed by Vizcarra, its prime minister, Vicente Zeballos; and the head of Economy, María Antonieta Alva, said that it aims to establish urgent and exceptional measures that allow electoral bodies to guarantee the development of the elections of January 26.

In that sense, the decree authorizes the electoral organs to issue regulations and norms necessary for the realization of the electoral process, which will seek the election of 130 legislators to complete the legislative period that ends in 2021.

Likewise, it authorizes them to exonerate themselves from a series of requirements in order to be able to hire the goods and services necessary for the organization of the elections.

However, each organism of the electoral system will send a report of the contracting made to the Comptroller General and will register them in the Electronic System of Contracting of the State.

In addition, he pointed out that the infractions, sanctions and sanctioning procedures regulated in the state contracting law are applicable to the suppliers, contractors and subcontractors included in this electoral process.

Likewise, the electoral organisms are authorized to grant a budgetary forecast regarding the resources that correspond to the total cost of the services or goods to acquire.

The financing of parliamentary elections shall be governed by the organic law of elections.

At a press conference with foreign correspondents in Lima, the prime minister guaranteed "neutral behavior of the Executive Power" in the elections next January.

"We will give all the facilities that the electoral entities require for these elections to be held in a democratic, transparent space, with wide publicity and citizen participation," Zeballos said Wednesday.

The prime minister, who took office last week after the resignation of the lawyer and actor Salvador del Solar and the dissolution of Congress by the Executive, emphatically ruled out that the government will present a parliamentary list in those elections.

"We discard it," he said before adding that "the Government will assume a neutral position, with a lot of responsibility" because it is "committed to making it a transparent process."

"The Government and the State as a whole are not going to have any level of involvement," he said.

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