“We thought that the collection was going to be slower, but we know that we are above 100 thousand signatures. The signatures are there, the issue is how to make them arrive more quickly,” said the leader of ATSS and member of the proplebiscite commission, Karina Sosa.
Furthermore, the leader assured that it is necessary debate about the proposal of Constitutional reform. In that sense, he remarked that “you see a lot of crossfire between public figures who have interests.”
The Pit-Cnt plan
He PIT-CNT is preparing to begin the most active stage in the signature collection campaign to enable the plebiscite against social security reform in Uruguay. The organization hopes to reach the required 270,000 signatures by April 27 and even reach a total of 500,000 adhesions.
So far, the campaign has confirmed 66,000 signatures, according to official data from the PIT-CNT with cutoff to December. “We still don’t have a count, we think that in the first days of February we will make a public announcement of how many signatures we have so far,” he explained. Carlos Calvijo, member of the workers’ representation team on the board of directors of the Social Security Bank (BPS) to the Public Media portal. The expectation is “a clearly higher figure” than that reported last year.
“The idea is to target ‘operation return’ strongly, since although the signatures are coming out naturally, we are fine-tuning the procedures so that, precisely, those signatures reach the command of the PIT-CNT”, Clavijo explained.
The “operation return” refers to the actions that the union center is taking so that those signatures collected throughout the country through different mechanisms—such as plenary sessions, organizations and groups that go out touring, etc.—are sent and centralized in the PIT-CNT, “to have them tangibly.”
“That is what we have to work on a little more, because we believe that the signatures are there, they are being given easily,” considered the union member, and added that “the important thing is not only that the signatures are there, but that they reach the command for us digitize them and put them in a box and then, when April 26 arrives, deliver the signatures to the Electoral Court “all neat.”
“If all the signatures that are inside, which they tell us are there, came back, perhaps there would be considerably more signatures than 66,000,” said Clavijo. “We believe that the signatures are there and we are going to perfectly reach what we had proposed from the beginning, reaching 500,000 signatures in general, and the 270,000 valid ones that we need to enable the plebiscite,” he added.