This stage begins even though the Electoral Court (TE) has not yet responded to a request to suspend some decisions issued by the National Executive Committee (CEN), in which it excluded from the internal process about 114 deputies, mayors and deputies. representative corregimiento, under the pretext of reserving these spaces to eventually negotiate alliances with other parties. The request for comment was submitted by former deputy and former Secretary General of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, Pedro Miguel Gonzalez.
According to the newspaper La Prensa, on the first day of the nominations, it is expected that the Vice President of the Republic, José Gabriel Carrizo, will be registered as a candidate for the presidency of the state, the aspiration that he will leave on February 5, in a missionary campaign. It operates in the city of Penonomé, Coclé Province.
Another candidate for the Presidency of the Republic is Deputy Crispiano Adames, current President of the National Assembly (parliament), who previously announced this purpose in meetings with members of the political organization in the western province of Chiriqui.
Meanwhile, Gonzalez, who heads the so-called National Salvation Bases Movement, announced that this faction would bet on other names, including former Panamanian President Martin Torrijos (2004-2009) and former Health Minister Rosario Turner.
These figures, according to Gonzalez, are what the PRD will need to win the May 2024 consultation, but he predicted that if he did not have it, he could meet this challenge personally.
As the mystery surrounding the new applicant clears up and the Executive Office announces Gonzalez’s request, starting tomorrow Monday, other officials will head out to apply, including the former director of the Institute for Training and Utilization of Human Resources (Ifarhu), Bernardo. Meneses, who aspires to a seat in the district of Arraiján, although he is challenged by the mismanagement of the public funds of that institution.
According to the schedule, the last day to apply for the PRD primary is March 8th.
Towards the general elections of 2024 and after strong criticism from its members, the PRD reduced the reserve of popularly elected positions to 114.
In this decision, González himself asserted that he “restricts internal democracy by trying to retain elected office throughout the national geography.” The aspirations for party membership are restricted and contrary to what is decided, the basic system, the election law, and the constitutional right to vote and run.
On May 5, 2024, Panamanians will decide by ballot the new president and vice president of the country, 20 deputies in the Central American Parliament, 71 deputies in the National Assembly, 81 mayors, 701 district representatives and 11 councilors. Relevant Alternates, for the period from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2029.
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