Given the development of the investigations carried out by the Ministry of State (MP) against several political parties, the plenary session of the judges of the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) made two requests for information through the Inspectorate General on the development of 71 complaints against political groups.
According to the information available to them, the allegations relate to anomalies in the formation of their group and other types of alleged crimes, which suggests that they are unaware of the actions of the relevant prosecutors.
When handing over the report on the complaints filed by the TSE in the period 2020-2023, Claudia Ardón, head of the General Inspectorate, explained that she had submitted 71 complaints for crimes such as the appearance of deceased people in notarial records or the belonging of people to citizens without consent political organizations, submission of false documents, adopted homeland and through findings in the parties’ audit reports.
Given the lack of information from the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Impunity and the Prosecutor’s Office against Electoral Crimes, Ardón presented two resources to request information on the complaints. For their part, the responsible TSE judges emphasized that they were not informed about the development of the complaints.
He also pointed out that they had other active complaints from other years.
ASK FOR INFORMATION FROM PORRAS
Inspector Ardón reported that, at the request of the entire judiciary, a letter was presented to the deputy specifically addressed to the Attorney General Consuelo Porras so that she could provide them with information about each of the investigations carried out in this institution. In addition, the ministerial file number of the cases, the name of the public prosecutor responsible for the case and the status of the proceedings are reported.
He also pointed out that a request had also been sent directly to the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Impunity and also to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Electoral Crimes, a request for information in several files against political organizations.
You know the cases in the media
The request was made at the request of the judges, who indicated that the request was made because the court was not given access to information about the development of the complaints and, although the media was provided with information and statements made about it.
Presiding Judge Irma Palencia explained that they only had information about these cases through media publications, including Prensa Libre.
THE EXAMINATION OF TIME
This was also previously addressed in another publication by La Hora entitled “Deceased: The deputy without haste in 18 complaints against political groups”, which points out the cases and information about people who illegally belong to political parties such as Semilla, Voluntad , Oportunidad etc. are affiliated with Solidarity (VOS) and the Citizens Integration Party (PIN).
They are looking for information to impose sanctions
Judge Ranulfo Rojas pointed out that the obligation to inform goes beyond knowledge of the investigations, since they want to make a comparison of the lines of investigation currently developed both in the MP and within the TSE.
For her part, Inspector Ardón emphasized that the lack of access to knowledge of the cases makes it difficult to understand the process carried out and delays the administrative measures that must be taken against the parties, since they are the only ones who can determine whether the crime has been committed or not is the investigating body.
INFORMATION WILL BE SENT IN THE NEXT DAYS
Claudia Ardón said that they hope that in the coming days the Public Ministry will send information from the FECI led by Rafael Curruchiche, while from the Prosecutor’s Office Against Electoral Crimes only oral information about the cases has been received, so they are waiting for this information can be made official to provide a report to the media and political parties.