The General Council of the National Electoral Institute (INE) rejected the proposal of three electoral councilors to use electronic ballot boxes in the popular consultation on August 1 in which citizens will be asked if they wish to have the alleged acts of corruption of former presidents and other former officials of Mexico investigated.
Although it was planned to include in the addendum to the Guidelines for the Organization of the Popular Consultation a second paragraph in article 34 of the same, in which the possibility of using electronic voting instruments was proposed, at the proposal of the Commission of Training and Electoral Organization, was not finally added.
“Surprisingly, this vote, which we had yesterday in the committee, is not reflected in these guidelines; Although it is true that this General Council and the majority of the electoral councilors opted or decided that electronic voting instruments should not be used in this popular consultation, it seems clear to me that the precedent must be left ”, complained the counselor Carla Humphrey.
The proposal for the use of electronic ballot boxes was supported by counselor Humphrey and her companions Claudia Zavala and Adriana Favela. However, when the proposal was submitted to the General Council for a vote, the rest of the electoral councilors spoke out against the use of electronic ballot boxes, which is why this approach did not succeed and the guidelines will no longer include it.
In the approved guidelines, article 34 only specifies that “the ballot boxes in which citizens deposit the ballot, must be made of transparent, foldable or buildable material, which they will carry on the outside and in a visible place, printed or attached, in the same color of the corresponding ballot; the name ‘Popular Consultation’ ”.
In defending her proposal, counselor Carla Humphrey stated that she is going against the current with what is stated in the new regulations for popular consultation and sentences of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) and of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF), which have endorsed the use of technological tools to collect votes. In addition, he said that, although it does not apply to this consultation, the Federal Law of Popular Consultation, of last May, already establishes the use of electronic ballot boxes.
For his part, counselor Jaime Rivera presented arguments to reject Carla Humphrey’s proposal and said that technical and executive conditions are required for the use of electronic ballot boxes that do not currently exist.
He acknowledged that, although in the elections of Hidalgo and Coahuila last year electronic ballot boxes were used, it is necessary to review the good general functioning of the instruments and they have to be programmed for the use of the option to be processed and the type of certificates to be issued, for that purpose. which there is neither time nor money to do it.
“They are complicated tasks that will have to take away the attention that the last stages of the electoral process require,” he considered.