The gestures that arise from different Peronist governors increased the suspicions that there are in the opposition alliance about the 2023 primaries
By Claudio Mardones
09/20/2022 – 5:00 p.m.
“We want to be clear: from our political space we were never in favor of the PASO and in this regard, we always maintained the same position. Since they were created, we have expressed ourselves against them, considering that the PASOs are a waste of money and force people to vote in an internal election of a political party to which they do not belong,” wrote national senator Alejandra Vigo, leader of Hace por Cordoba, for the most distrustful The messages that Governor Juan Schiaretti’s wife sent from her tweet account was a wink to join the attempts to suspend the STEP Next year.
The pronouncement increased the fears that are breathed within Together for Change before the possibility that the Government decides to put a brake on next year’s primaries. The concern and rejection displayed by the majority of the leaders of the opposition coalition confirm the damage that a decision of this type could cause them. Only in the province of Buenos Aires the alliance of the PRO, the UCR and the Civic Coalition has a floor of six candidates to fight for the governorship next year.
Since 2011, the primaries have ordered this type of inmates and since the birth of Cambiemos they have been a structural mechanism, although within its partners there are those who consider the PASO an “unconstitutional” law and demand a return to the party inmate system for its members, which is established by the Electoral Code. This is the case of the national deputy of the PRO and member of the Judicial CouncilPablo Tonelli. The legislator is not alone in the proposal, but is a minority sector within his party and the conglomerate that he is part of.
On the contrary, most of JxC is on alert and considers that it is a matter of time before the ruling party is encouraged to play that card. Last week there was a case that exposed how far the silent procession goes.
Suspension of PASO: mistrust in Together for Change
Last week there was an attempt in Chubut to suspend the local primaries. The local legislature was going to treat it on tables but it was stopped after criticism launched by the governor of Jujuy and head of the UCR, Gerardo Morales. He pointed to former president Mauricio Macri for letting the PRO of that province agree with a part of the radicalism to suspend it. The plan was left to see for now.
In Neuquén, the MPN does not show interest in holding them either and the radical Pablo Cervi together with the macrista Jorge will ask the National JxC Board to define a date to hold the local inmates.
The suspension of the PASO generates short circuits within Together for Change. Radicals point to Mauricio Macri
In the north, some provinces will combine unfolding of the national elections. Tucumán has already announced that it will hold its own. Salta added the suspension of the PASO. Governor Gustavo Sáenz, an ally of the Renovating Front, brought the elections forward for April. The provincial Legislature made its contribution to the measure of the president’s wishes and at the end of August the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies of the province suspended the primaries.
They are just two sides of a broader offensive that includes the idea of the governors of the northern region to return to the fray with the suspension of the STEP for the expense involved. The most notorious spokesman is the governor of Chaco and former chief of staff, Jorge Capitanich.
The eventual suspension of the PASO could be a crisis for Together for Change due to the number of candidates it has in each district and at the national level. The most paradigmatic case is the province of Buenos Aires where there are at least six candidates to fight for the governorship in 2023. Within the Buenos Aires ruling party there is also this debate, but Governor Axel Kicillof considered himself disregarding that discussion and does the same as Interior Minister Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro: they maintain that everything remains the same.
For the Elisa Carrió sector, the PASO “cannot be suspended”
In the opposition the debate continues to heat up. In the Civic Coalition they consider that they cannot be suspended. The president of the CC bloc in the Lower House, Juan Manuel López, maintains that Law 27,631 that postponed last year’s legislative STEPS from August to September left a precedent. That law was passed to reduce risks in the midst of the pandemic. López believes that “the previous political agreement needed a guarantee, it was achieved, and it was not only that this law could not be repealed for that year, it was also recognition from the Executive Power and Congress that the PASO were a right.”
From the sector of Elisa Carrió, they are not willing to change the electoral system for the 2023 elections
He recalled that the sixth article states that “this law may not be modified or repealed during the calendar year in progress insofar as it regulates a subjective public right of political parties, fundamental institutions of the democratic system, to elect their candidates for the elective positions provided for in the National Constitution”.
“The article thought by Elisa Carrio it was proposed to the Ministry of the Interior, which took it and so the President of the Nation sent it to the Chamber of Deputies,” López wrote from his twitter account. “The law was passed with 223 positive votes and only three negative votes in Deputies and similarly in the Senate. After more than 12 years of validity, the PASO are a right of the parties and of the citizenry from which legally it cannot be regressed due to the principle of progressivity.
In the interblock where he lives with macristas and radicals, they doubt the effectiveness of that argument, but they are willing to add all possible resources to avoid a change in the electoral system, although there is a sector that would be willing to negotiate some adjustments, such as removing the mandatory and make them optional.