Code is flawed
PANAMA. The Supreme Court of Justice has ruled that a person does not have to belong to a political party to be able to run for the Pre...
PANAMA. The Supreme Court of Justice has ruled that a person does not have to belong to a political party to be able to run for the Presidency of the Republic.
The lawsuit was presented by the lawyer of the former director of the Social Security Juan Jose Jovane, who wanted to be a presidential candidate in the current elections.
Jovane was not allowed to run by the Electoral Tribunal on the grounds that the Electoral code only allow those people who are member of a political party to have presidential aspiration, which according to the Supreme Court it is unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court said in its verdict that political parties express political pluralism due to the way they are formed, however they are an impediment to independent candidacy.
Recently during an interview at a television station Jovane exhorted the population to vote blank and draw a new box putting him as a presidential candidate.
The decision of the Supreme Court will allow independent candidates to be able to run in the 2014 elections for the Presidency and Vice-presidency of the Republic.
The other consequence of this sentence is that the Electoral Code will have to be modified to avoid further problems in the future.