The elections of next May in Panama already have the necessary trio of independent candidates, who, by collecting as many signatures as possible, qualify to face the position of head of state. These are: the former general prosecutor Ana Matilde Gómez, the former deputy Marco Ameglio and the lawyer Ricardo Lombana.
"The three candidates for free application to the office of President of the Republic with the largest number of validated signatures are: Ana Matilde Gómez with 131,415 signatures, Marco Ameglio with 115,024 signatures and Ricardo Lombana with 108,492 signatures", said at a press conference, the electoral magistrate Heriberto Araúz.
Once the impugnments are resolved and the expense reports are analyzed, they will be officially presented on January 24, three days after the deadline for them to submit their expense report for the presidential campaign.
On May 5, 2019 Panama will hold general elections and renew all positions of popular election, including those of president and vice president, deputies of the National Assembly, deputies of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), mayors and representatives of corregimiento.
The main political parties elected their candidates during the second semester of the year in primaries won by Laurentino "Nito" Cortizo in the PRD, Rómulo Rux in the CD, José Blandón in the PPA, and Saúl Méndez in the leftist Frente Amplio por la Democracia (FAD).
In the middle of this issue, the deputy of Cambio Democrático (CD) Sergio Gálvez said that the climate of instability that is occurring in Panama seeks to suspend the electoral process, making reference to the military takeover of the National Assembly (AN) recently and also to the doubts that are being presented around the Electoral Tribunal (ET).
"I put in doubt that there are elections in this country, I get the impression that with all this political turmoil that is taking place, what is being sought is to suspend the entire electoral process and that the Executive takes as an excuse the instability that can be given in the country to stay longer in power", were the statements that collected Panamá América.
Miguel Antonio Bernal, according to the same media, indicated that the concern is normal, since the processes have been strenuous and that the process of collecting signatures for independents is the best example.