Election Board rejects primaries

A lack of funding will make the law on primaries impossible to fulfill according to statements made by the chief judge of the Central Electoral Board (JCE), Luis Arias. Arias told reporters from Hoy that the board would ask President Fernandez for special funding in order to finance the computerization of the National Civil Registry of births, deaths, marriages and divorces. Arias spoke to reporters at the annual New Year’s Day reception held at the Presidential Palace, where civil and governmental personalities gathered to greet the President and his wife.

Addressing the question of the primaries, Arias told reporters that the primaries could not be organized without money, and that many sectors of the country, including the President are not if favor of having the Electoral Board organize the primaries on behalf of the political parties.