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Does the strike in the Electoral Court harm the preparation of the internal elections?

Does the strike in the Electoral Court harm the preparation of the internal elections?

One month before the development of internal elections in the country, the Association of Electoral Officials of Uruguay (AFEU) decided to carry out a strike this Thursday due to the increase in workload without consulting its workers; meanwhile, since Electoral Court They assure that the impact of the union measure will depend on the number of people who join.

The AFEU is demanding an increase from 6 to 8 hours of daily work and the addition of four hours every Saturday in June, a measure that comes along with the validations of political parties, lists and plebiscite signatures that are necessary. review before the internal elections that will take place on June 30.

The leader of AFEU, Miguel Estevezassured Subrayado that the measure to stop this Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. corresponds to the “failure to comply with collective bargaining” and the lack of planning on the part of the Electoral Court. On the other hand, they maintain that the decision was “unilateral” and that it was not negotiated with their workers.

“The fundamental part that we understand was the lack of planning and the extension of hours that was put in place, not only that, but aggravated, by the court unilaterally setting Saturdays again as business days, based on the election law, understanding that They expire no later than the 17th and they set until Saturday the 29th,” explained Estévez.

The concern of the Electoral Court

The public body is currently validating the lists of political parties, as well as the signatures of the plebiscites presented that will be voted on in the internal elections. The news would seem to worry the Court since, according to the minister, José Garchitorenadepends on the workers’ adherence to the measure.

Faced with the claim, Garchitorena assured the Arriba la Gente program that by law work hours can be extended three months before the elections. “The officials receive a salary supplement every month so that three months before an election the Court can increase its workload,” explained the minister.

How is the Court progressing?

The term that the Electoral Court To finish validating the documents it is until the 31st of this month at midnight and, according to Garchitorena, so far progress has been made with a little more than half of the lists presented for the internal elections. “More than 2,000 lists have already been received and there are still more than 1,500 in the registration process,” she explained.

For its part, progress was also made with the validation of the signatures of the social security plebiscite. In that sense, the minister of Electoral Court, Ana Lía Piñeyruaassured that they have been working at a very good pace and it is possible that the estimated period of 50 business days will be met to finish reviewing all the signatures presented by the PIT-CNTwhich were a total of 430,000.

So far, they assured from the court that they have a total of 100,000 approved signatures, while another 28,000 were discarded.

Source: Ambito

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