Law threatens to disenfranchise Peruvians living abroad

07 September 2019

Fernando Tuesta, the former president of the electoral authority ONPE and head of the special commission that designed reforms to the political and electoral systems, has drawn attention to the fact that changes to the law that passed Congress earlier this year effectively disenfranchise nearly a million Peruvians living abroad. 

Tuesta attributes this to an oversight on the part of the constitution commission in Congress, chaired by Rosa Bartra, a fujimorista stalwart. “I don’t think the purpose [of this] was to commit an error” he says “perhaps [it arose because of] the desire not to work on the basis of the text sent [to Congress] by the executive.

In the 2016 elections, 884,924 Peruvians living abroad voted, and the number who would otherwise be entitled to vote in the next election would probably be more than this. Tuesta argues that the law as it stands is unconstitutional as every Peruvian citizen has the constitutional right to elect and be elected. He recommended that immediate action be taken to rectify this mistake.

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