After the Supreme Court of Justice resolve, in a ruling five days after the elections in tucuman and san juansuspend them for alleged irregularities in the candidacies of governors Juan Manzur and Sergio Unacboth from the Frente de Todos, the electoral agenda changed and the officials came out to express their position on the resolution of the highest court.
In San Juan there will be two different election dates
First, Uñac questioned the Court’s decision but clarified that will abide by the ruling. besides, ratified the legislative and municipal elections that will take place this Sunday, while describing the precautionary measure as “inconsiderate”. This way, It remains to define the date on which the governor and vice-governor of the province will be elected in particular.
“I have not put on a jacket and tie to speak to the Court because if it is due to the mistreatment he has had towards the people of San Juan, the clothing should be different,” began the message from Uñac, in a suit, who maintained temperance throughout of the seven minutes that the message lasts.
In the same vein, he affirmed that the Court “and the people of the capital are confusing meekness with stupidity,” and specified that although he does not share the ruling, he will abide by it. “From a personal and institutional point of view, I do not share it, but I will abide by the provisions of the Court, although I must express some issues in this regard,” he said.
The Supreme Court of Justice suspended the elections this Sunday in Tucumán and San Juan
And he stated that”It would be institutionally serious and politically unacceptable for the Court to make decisions jointly with political leaders” around the provincial elections, and assured that it is “inconsiderate” to suspend the elections four days before the elections, with the mechanisms and resources available.
“It is inconsiderate towards the province have let more than 30 days pass to make a decision knowing that the process was ongoing and that it implied a very important economic and institutional effort for San Juan,” he insisted.
For Uñac, the condition and suspension of the electoral process is “external, inopportune, surrounded by partisan subjectivities and disregarded of provincial autonomy.
At the end, in a message to the people of San Juan, he strongly asked them to vote on Sunday in defense of autonomy and consumer institutions, and concluded: “We have the right to choose who will lead the destiny of our province. I carry the province in my heart, defending it with all my might and I always fight and will fight for its interests.”
Manzur does not get out of the elections in Tucumán
In the case of the governor of Tucumán, Juan Manzur, denied declining his candidacy for lieutenant governorafter the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation yesterday suspended the elections in the province.
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The former chief of staff recounted that after learning of the court’s decision met with Osvaldo Jaldothe gubernatorial candidate, and preferred not to “qualify” the ruling. In this sense, he maintained that they respect and abide by the resolution.
Regarding the decision to suspend the election in all levels of the Provincial Executive Branch, Manzur explained: “Since there is no candidate for governor, the Tucuman electoral system prevents carrying out the election without that category.”
When asked if he thought of declining his candidacy, Manzur said: “No, no. There is a precautionary measure, that’s all that happened. Sooner or later the Tucumans will go to vote and in the room they are dark alone and they are free to choose”.
About Germán Alfaro he avoided giving an opinion; It is about the mayor of the capital who took the issue to court, but he stressed: “Alfaro says so many things that I am not going to answer him.”
Total suspension of elections in Tucumán
The Justice of Tucumán decided that The elections for all the categories that were scheduled for next Sunday will be suspended.
In this way, there will be no elections of any kind on Sunday in Tucumán, despite the fact that the country’s highest court had not canceled the categories of provincial mayors and legislators.
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There are no defined dates yet when the elections will take place, nor were names offered to replace Manzur in the event that the Justice ruled that his candidacy is not constitutional.
Opposition claims and Supreme Court rulings
The origin of the Tucumán conflict was when Alfaro, counselor and president of the Executive Board of the Party for Social Justice, filed an amparo against the Province of Tucumán to declare Manzur’s qualification as a vice-presidential candidate for the period 2023-2027 unconstitutional.
In the letter, Alfaro explained that in 2007 the formula Joseph Alperovich and Manzur was elected that year and re-elected in 2011. In 2015, Manzur headed the pair and was seconded by Jaldo. The same formula was re-elected in 2019, which accounts for four terms.
Therefore, following the reasoning, Manzur —in this new candidacy, but for Vice Governorate— he would go for his fifth term in an executive position consecutively. In the provincial legal instances, Alfaro’s request was rejected, so Manzur had the green light to run. In this context, the case reached the Supreme Court.
As indicated by the provincial constitution, what the Court would have relied on is that both the governor and lieutenant governor could appear for only one consecutive term. So if he has already been re-elected for a second consecutive term, he will not be able to be elected again and will have to wait for a one-term interval.
“The Governor and the Lieutenant Governor hold office for four years and may be re-elected for a consecutive term. The Lieutenant Governor, even if he has completed two consecutive terms as such, may stand and be elected Governor and be re-elected for a consecutive term. If the Governor has been re-elected for a second consecutive term cannot be re-elected, except with the interval of one term.
result of application for the position of Lieutenant Governor”, affirms the provincial magna carta.
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The highest court pointed out in its resolution “the republican virtue of Discourage the possibility of perpetuation in power. by making sense of the notion of frequency of mandates“. “The validity of the republican system enshrined in articles 1 and 5 of the National Constitution fundamentally presupposes the periodicity and renewal of the authorities,” the Court said.
For his part, on April 11, the candidate for governor of Evolución Liberal de San Juan, Sergio Vallejos, presented a challenge to Uñac’s candidacy in the supreme court, after having exhausted all judicial instances in the San Juan Electoral Court. with four challenges that were dismissed.
After receiving the claim, the Court asked the Attorney General to issue an opinion on the file that was filed by the candidate for governor Vallejos, who had the legal sponsorship of Christian Cao.
Two days later, on April 13, the Attorney General of the Nation empowered the magistrates to challenge the Uñac re-election attempt, which helped the Supreme Court with the independence of the Provincial Court.
Vallejos’ central questioning focused on the previous period in which Uñac had held the position of lieutenant governor, when Jose Luis Gioja held the governorship. He did so through declaratory action of certainty and a precautionary measure. For Vallejos, Uñac would go for his fourth term, counting his time as Vice Governor.
Another of the requests that Vallejos had included was the suspension of the call for the election, in the event that the times of the highest court did not allow it to rule on the issue before the elections next Sunday.
According to the court, the Provincial Court of San Juan made a misinterpretation of the constitutional precept and quoted article 175 of the San Juan Constitution: “The Governor and the Lieutenant Governor last four years in the exercise of their functions and can be reelected up to two consecutive times “.
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