PANAMA CITY .- This week, after a long discussion session, the National Assembly approved Bill 292, which modifies the Electoral Code, which emphasizes the management of advertising and propaganda during election campaigns.
The bill was brought before the National Assembly in January last year by the so-called National Commission of Electoral Reforms (CNRE), made up by electoral authorities, political parties and civil society representatives.
Although the first point was overcome, there are still several steps to follow for the reforms to be in force, for example, the Electoral Tribunal filter.
The highest authority of the Panamanian elections said that it will “further” study the content of the approved bill of electoral reforms.
"The document should be thoroughly examined by the technical-legal team of the institution and then issue an official statement to the country. This proposal, with 27 recommendations and 4 new articles, which were welcomed by the 19 members of the National Assembly, means that there may be important advances agreed between the parties, "said electoral magistrate Heriberto Araúz in an interview.
After this analysis, which will take some unspecified time, the Electoral Tribunal will issue "an official ruling, concerning this new bill that after the third debate would be brought before the Executive for its sanction," said the governing body of the elections in a statement.
To bring Bill 292 into force, which was approved by the Panamanian National Assembly, it must be countersigned by the Executive and published in the official gazette.