The Congress of the republic insists on installing an investigative commission of alleged irregularities in the 2021 elections, despite the fact that the electoral bodies demonstrated that this process was transparent and that It is not yet clear whether the creation of this commission really received the support of 46 congressmen, as required by Parliament’s regulations.
Yesterday, when this issue was not on the Plenary’s agenda, the second vice president of Congress, Enrique Wong, put to vote the list of members of this commission. This received the support of 72 parliamentarians, 34 against and four abstentions. The legislators of Peru Libre, Together for Peru and the Purple Party were opposed.
The investigative commission will be composed of Jose Balcázar, from Peru Libre; Martha moyano, from Fuerza Popular; Raúl Doroteo, from Popular Action; Gladys Echaíz, Alliance for Progress; Roselli Amuruz, from Avanza País; Jorge Montoya, of Popular Renewal; and Sigrid Bazan, by JP.
The banks that did not accredit members are Somos Perú-Partido Morado and Podemos Perú.
The problem does not stop there. To understand the irregularity of this composition it is necessary to go back to August 19. That day, at 5:40 pm, the Plenary approved the creation of this commission with 46 votes, the minimum number required by the Congress regulations.
Popular Action MP José Arriola had voted in favor. However, he realized that the agreement of his bench was to opt for abstention. At 7:30 pm he sent a letter to the Mayor of Congress requesting the change of his vote. However, the official did not answer him.
On August 23, Arriola, with the support of his spokesman, Raúl Doroteo, sent a letter again. The spokeswoman for Together for PeruRuth Luque, upon hearing about this case, also asked the Board of Directors for explanations.
On Wednesday, the Official Office responded to Luque that Arriola’s vote cannot be changed. The JP spokeswoman demanded that they support her why, since Congressman Arriola requested the rectification before the minutes of the session are drawn up, which made her claim viable, taking into account that there are antecedents on similar cases.
However, there was no precision from the Official Office. For this reason, when the plenary session arrived and Wong put the formation of this investigative group to a vote, Luque raised a point of order to debate Arriola’s request and clarify this dilemma.
Without the vote of the acciopopulista, it would be one less legislator for the creation of this commission, leaving it with 45 congressmen in favor. Thus, its installation would be inadmissible for not having complied with the minimum votes required.
But Wong did not allow the point of order to be debated. He said it will be discussed at the Constitution Commission, chaired by Patricia Juárez, from FP. Precisely, the party that led the chorus of fraud complaints in the second round.
The second vice president of Congress adjourned the session and withdrew. At the end of this note, Arriola told this newspaper that he will send a new document to the Official Office. “This commission was created illegally,” he alleged. Luque, for his part, denounced Wong’s attitude. “An arbitrariness has been committed,” he questioned.
Censorship against María del Carmen Alva is rejected
With 33 votes in favor, 74 against and eight abstentions, the Plenary of the Congress rejected yesterday to admit to debate the motions of censure of Peru Libre against the president of the Congress, María del Carmen Alva. Four official congressmen voted to abstain: Edgar Tello, Alex Paredes, Paúl Gutiérrez and Francis Paredes.
Motions to summon Prime Minister Guido Bellido were also not discussed in the session. It is the second week that debating them has been postponed.
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