After a long discussion within the Chamber of Deputies, same that took place on September 28, this Thursday in votes the budget cut of 4 thousand 913 million pesos to the National Electoral Institute (INE).
This even despite the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) issued an order so that said cut was justified, or otherwise, that the money requested by the autonomous body be guaranteed.
And it is that, in the vote that could not be concluded last Wednesday due to lack of internet, this morning with 259 votes from Morena, Labor Party (P.T.) and the Green Ecologist Party (PVEM), the opinion that cuts the budget was endorsed, which could not be reversed with the 212 votes against issued by the Citizen Movement (MC), the National Action Party (PAN), the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD).
It should be remembered that after the approval of the Expenditure Budget of the Federationin December 2021, the INE presented a constitutional controversy to invalidate the reduction of its budget.
At that time, the main argument presented by the executive secretary of the General Council of the INE, Edmund Jameswas that with the cut that the collegiate body would suffer this year (2022) it would not be possible to undertake the Consultation of Revocation of Mandate, nor would it allow the state elections to be held in June to be carried out optimally.
“The cut determined by the Legislature, which lacked any motivation or justification in the budget decree, prevents the full exercise of the constitutional powers to which the electoral authority is obliged,” accused the INE.
Finally in June of this year, the supreme court granted a ruling that declared the decree invalid, considering that the adjustment could compromise the functions of the autonomous constitutional body. Situation that the president counselor of the INE, Lorenzo Cordovacelebrated, assuring that the decision “strengthened constitutional democracy.”
However after three months of it, the resolution of the SCJN was rejectedthis after the Budget Committee considered that the money that was intended to be allocated to the INE “is not realistic and does not adhere to the budgeting criteria used by the agency in previous fiscal years.”
“It is evident that the reduction to the Institute in fiscal year 2022 was not significant, because even with it, a sufficient item is assigned to satisfy the public needs entrusted to its charge,” it was assured from the Budget Commission.
It should be noted that the current administration has promoted the cut of the INE budget under the so-called “Republican austerity”. The result in the Chamber of Deputies was widely criticized by members of groups opposed to the current government, accusing the action as a violation of the autonomy of the electoral institute.
For example, the PRI deputy, Miguel Sámano Peralta, charged that the budget cut is taking place in an “unjustified” manner and represents an “institutional weakening.”