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INE warns of uncontrolled exercise of power during COVID-19

Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, President Counselor of the National Electoral Institute (INE), considered that the health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic puts democracy at risk by exercising power in an uncontrolled manner and without real checks and balances.

By participating in the discussion “Organizing elections during the COVID-19 pandemic: The case of Latin America”, the official emphasized that the only guarantee of the electoral exercise through the holding of elections can establish the continuity of democracy in these difficult times.

“There have been those who have wanted to take advantage, with that reminiscence of the pandemic, as a way to strengthen the exercise of power, and not only the exercise of power, but to exercise power in an uncontrolled way and that does go against the civilizing tendency which is a constitutional democracy,” warned the president counselor.

Córdova Vianello pointed out that, although there are emerging situations, the exercise of power should not be denied, however, it must be carried out with counterweights, with surveillance, since these principles are the only way to guarantee access to electoral rights.

“I believe that democracy will overcome these times of harsh trial and will continue to privilege the democratic vocation of our countries,” he confided.

The president counselor explained that the health contingency outlines challenges for everyone in various areas such as social, economic and political, therefore, he considered, it is essential that electoral bodies remain firm in their democratic vocation and despite the extraordinary restrictions by the coronavirus, technologies and innovation are privileged so as not to lose communication with citizens.

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