Gildo Insfrán has paved the way, at least from his province, to govern for the eighth time if the polls respond to him. This Monday it was learned that the Permanent Electoral Tribunal (TEP) of Formosa rejected all the challenges presented by opposition leaders against different candidates of different categories. In this way, he authorized the candidacy of the ultrakirchnerista caudillo.
The TEP ratified the provisions of the provincial Constitution that "the governor and the vice governor will last four years in the exercise of their positions and may be re-elected," so "it does not place a temporary limit or subject to extra-articulated conditions."
A presentation against Insfrán before the TEP had been made by the candidate for mayor of Formosa of Together for Change, Gabriela Neme. At the same time, the agricultural producer Francisco Paoltroni had made his, a precautionary measure, before the Supreme Court against the indefinite re-election of the governor.
In turn, the deputy and candidate governed by JxC, Fernando Carbajal, presented before the highest court a precautionary measure to suspend the elections scheduled for June 25, in line with the rulings on the elections in San Juan and Tucumán, considering that the new attempt of re-election of Insfrán is contrary to the National Constitution.
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With regard to the questioning made by Neme to Insfrán, who asked the TEP to make an interpretation of Article 132 of the provincial Constitution, the court pointed out that this norm "does not require further interpretative effort" since it says verbatim that "the governor and the vice governor will last four years in the exercise of their positions and may be reelected."
Judges Verónica Hans, Claudio Daniel Moreno and Sandra Moreno considered in the ruling that the rule is clear and concise, indicating the duration in office and the possibility of being reelected, this is again elected.
"It does not place a temporary limit or subject to extra-articulated conditions," says the court ruling, consigned by the official Telam agency.
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Faced with the suggestion that the validity of the previous article 129 of the Provincial Constitution, reformed and replaced by the currently current article 132, be refloated, the judges of the TEP made it clear that the principle of division of powers does not admit even briefly such scaffolding, since under the overlap of revision or interpretation, in reality what is requested "is a modification of the text."
On this point, the ruling states that "supplanting the current text by the previous one or modifying the current one is clearly inappropriate, because it is not only an electoral norm – being already alien to the judicial function the dictation of laws – but it is a text emanating from the Constituent Power, which is absolutely alien to this or another Power that does not have that quality. "
In this regard, the ruling recalls that as a constituted and not constituent power, the TEP has no interference in the constitutional drafting, nor can the Justice that inspired the constituent of the reform be judged, since the judgment on the advantages and disadvantages of legislative discretion, and even more of the Constituent Assembly, are alien to the Permanent Electoral Tribunal.
Eber Solís, vice governor of Formosa, with the eternalized president Gildo Insfrán. Photo Twitter
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Meanwhile, the representative of the Broad Front, Agostina Villaggri, had filed a challenge against a group of mayors and presidents of Development Commissions of the Justicialist Party.
The ruling of the TEP indicates that the Law of Municipalities 1028 is of lower legal-normative rank than the Provincial Constitution and prior to the Constitutional reform, which is clearly reformulated in other terms from the text of article 179 paragraph 7 of the current Provincial Constitution, so that "there is no obstacle to the nomination for office, whether or not they have performed the same in previous periods".
In this way, the nominations for 22 mayors and 8 presidents of Development Commissions and Councilman Ariel Marcelo Brignole, son of the current community chief of El Colorado, were endorsed.
Gildo Insfrán repeats formula to perpetuate himself in power
In mid-May, the Justicialist Party of Formosa confirmed the obvious: that Gildo Insfrán will be a candidate for governor of the province, in which he will go for his eighth consecutive term. In the elections on June 25, he will be accompanied by the current vice president, Eber Solís.
Insfrán-Solís was the same formula that prevailed in the 2019 elections, with 70.64% of the votes, ahead of Bogado-Kaluk, of the Frente Amplio Formoseño (28.9%).
For the current governor, with almost 28 years in office, it will be his tenth appearance on a gubernatorial election ballot. To his triumphs as leader of the provincial ballot between 1995 and 2019 are added his appearances as vice presidential candidate of Vicente Bienvenido Joga in the elections of 1987 and 1991, when that governor was able to repeat victory after the reform that enabled reelection.
Twelve years later, the president of the local PJ again changed the provincial constitution to enable indefinite reelections.
Gildo Insfrán and governors of Norte Grande, in a meeting with national ministers. Photo Twitter GIldo Insfrán
The elections in Formosa will be held on June 25, after the governor's decision to split them and separate them from the national ones.
Insfran's relatives who will also be candidates
In addition to the governorship, the categories of mayors, provincial deputies and councilors will be put into play. In this sense, the provincial Justicialist Congress defined the list of 15 provincial deputies of the PJ-Frente de la Victoria, among which there are two other Insfrán.
This is Carlos Insfrán, brother of the governor and provincial deputy. He was at the center of controversy at the end of 2020, when in full mandatory preventive social isolation his son organized a pool party for his birthday. Formosa was one of the provinces that maintained restrictions on movement for the longest time, with complaints of repression and human rights violations.
The other family loan is Yanina Insfrán, daughter of the current president.