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Monday, February 16, 2009

Ecuador House Debates Electoral Bill

Quito, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian Legislative Commission holds a plenary session Thursday to finish the second debate of the projected Organic Electoral Law or Democracy Code.

The discussion of the legislation restarts this afternoon, after it failed to get the support of the majority for its approval yesterday.

Fernando Salazar, assembly member and head of the Sub-commission for State Reform and Public Management, highlighted about 60 proposals were added to the final text to improve its scope and content.

The bill aims at developing constitutional regulations linked with the electoral system to enable, in line with the principles of proportionality, equal opportunity of vote, equity, parity, and alternation between women and men, he stressed.

It also defines electoral districts in the country and abroad, voters' rights and political-electoral duties, and the organization of the Electoral Function, among others, Salazar noted.

For assembly member Mauro Andino, from Alianza Pais Movement, this legal proposal will help strengthen representative democracy, and consequently, political participation.

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