- Tribunal Electoral
A total of 22 advertising agencies were registered with the Electoral Court of Panama (TE) to provide their services to political parties, candidates of these parties or by free application in the elections of May 5, 2019, charged to public financing, reported today an official source.
The TE published in two editions of its official Bulletin the list of agencies that were registered until 12 midnight on Saturday, July 21, 2018, the last day set by the electoral institution to carry out this procedure.
The highest electoral entity said in a statement that this is done pursuant to the Electoral Code (EC) rule that refers to the registration of advertising agencies for the next election campaign.
The rule also states that advertising companies that work with a charge of private financing, provided for in EC, are exempt from this registration.
It also highlights the services provided by the advertising agencies that are not registered in the Directorate of Fiscalization of Political Financing, will not be recognized for the charge to the pre-electoral public financing.
The TE recalled that with the recent electoral reform, "it has the legal responsibility to regulate, organize, control and finance party activities to choose their internal authorities for the General Elections of May 5, 2019.
On May 5, 2019, Panama will hold general elections and renew all popular offices, including those of president and vice president.
It will also include 71 deputies from the National Assembly, 20 deputies of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), 81 mayors, 679 district representatives and 9 councilors.