Mexican electoral institute judicially requests more budget resources

Mexico City, Dec 7 (EFE) .- The National Electoral Institute (INE) of Mexico asked the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation this Tuesday, through a constitutional controversy (appeal), to order the Chamber of Deputies grant a larger budget to the agency.

“The INE filed a constitutional dispute lawsuit before the SCJN on Tuesday against the Decree on the Budget of Expenditures of the Federation for fiscal year 2022, published on November 29 in the Official Gazette of the Federation,” said the electoral body it’s a statement.

In said decree, he added, the Chamber of Deputies resolved, among other aspects, to apply a cut of 4,913 million pesos (about 233.5 million dollars) to the budget originally requested by the INE.

“The cut determined by the Legislative, which lacked any motivation or justification in the budget decree, prevents the full exercise of the constitutional powers to which the electoral authority is obliged, in particular, the realization of an eventual process of Revocation of Mandate that, in case of being requested by the citizenship, it requires 3,830 million pesos to be carried out “, specified the INE.

With the aim of promoting direct democracy, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promoted an initiative approved in Congress so that a citizen consultation be convened mid-term so that Mexicans can decide whether to remain in office or resign.

The Institute explained that in the request for its budget for 2022 it included an amount as a “precautionary budget” for carrying out a revocation of mandate as well as a new popular consultation.

In 2021, the electoral authority, which began to become independent from the government in the 1990s, promoted another constitutional controversy over the popular consultation to determine whether or not to proceed against political actors from the past.

The Court then determined that the INE had the “obligation to provide” sufficient resources for this type of citizen participation exercises that are contemplated in the Constitution.

“The INE reiterates that it has all the disposition and has all the necessary experience to carry out, properly, this exercise of citizen participation,” they added.

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