A candidate for an independent presidential nomination in Panama called for a public protest today against the manner in which the electoral authorities process the signatures required to qualify as a candidate without a party.
The protest, named "No electoral fraud", was convened by Miguel Antonio Bernal and calls citizens to demonstrate before the seat of the Electoral Court, in the Panamanian capital.
"Let's defend democracy. Defend your signature," said the call to protest "in the Electoral Court against signatures canceled or rejected."
The Electoral Code in force in Panama establishes a minimum of 18,542 signatures of support to run for presidential elections, an amount corresponding to 1 percent of the votes for the post in the previous election.
The three candidates who collect the largest number of signatures will appear on the presidential ballot as independent candidates.