Lima Bar Association asks ONPE for speed in electing its representative before the JNE

The dean of the Lima Bar Association (CAL), María Elena Portocarrero, asked the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) to make the elections of its representative before the National Elections Jury.

Article 179 of the Political Constitution of Peru establishes that the National Elections Jury is headed by a plenary session composed of five members. These five members are representatives elected by: 1) the Plenary Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic (who presides over it); 2) the Board of Supreme Prosecutors; 3) the Lima Bar Association; 4) the Deans of the Faculties of Law of the Public Universities; and 5) the Deans of the Faculties of Law of the Private Universities.

Currently, the JNE works with only four members, because the representative of the Lima Bar Association has not yet been elected.

Portocarrero justified the delay in the election of his representative, due to the context of the pandemic and the requests of the ONPE, although in the last year, the ONPE has been able to successfully organize the election of the rector at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos via modality virtual.

“Two updates have been made and there have been corrections. Unfortunately, the ONPE request was not clear at first, since ONPE only asks us for the data of skilled and unskilled lawyers. They are given the data, then they forward information to us saying that they want the emails as well. If this had been in a clear way, this would have been handled in a better way by the Electoral Committee ”, he said.

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