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INE denies radio and TV times to the Presidency

The General Council of the National Electoral Institute (INE) will submit for analysis, discussion and voting the request of the General Coordination of Communication and the spokesman of the government of the Republic so that the times on radio and television that correspond to political parties and the electoral body are used for campaigns on the emergency situation experienced by Covid-19.

The federal government is urged to make the request directly to the Ministry of the Interior (Segob), the agency in charge of ordering and administering the time of the State or, where appropriate, to the Media Regulations Unit, at which is responsible for administering – except for what is established in electoral laws – the time available to the State on radio and television, in accordance with the laws.

However, another draft agreement establishes a mechanism for collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior to make the political parties available on radio and television – as long as the political institutes renounce their prerogative in writing – that administered by the INE, under the slogan that the campaign must be institutional, not include phrases, images, voices or symbols that could be constitutive of political or electoral propaganda.

On December 18, the Social Communication coordinator of the Presidency of the Republic asked the INE and the political parties to assign their time on radio and television to the federal government, for the transmission of messages related to the health emergency caused by the coronavirus.

The spokesman for the Presidency, Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, sent the letter to the President of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, by means of which he expressed that this moment is vital to reinforce communication actions, given the increase in cases of Covid-19 among the population.

In addition, it was requested that through the INE, the political parties be required, in order to express themselves if they so determine, their resignation of prerogative, to meet the required purpose. According to the draft agreement of the General Council of the INE that will be submitted for discussion and voting, on December 18, the request made by the Presidency of the Republic was made known to the national political parties.

“There is no place to meet the request made by the General Coordination of Social Communication and Spokesperson of the government of the Republic in the terms set forth, as there is a lack of assessment elements for this authority.

“Consequently, the government of the Republic is urged to make the request related to the availability of time on radio and television administered by the INE for the dissemination of campaigns, to attend to the emergency situation due to the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 disease, is carried out through the Ministry of the Interior [Segob] or the unit empowered to do so ”, is exposed in the project.

Regarding the time of the prerogatives of the political parties, in order to be destined for the dissemination of campaigns to address the current health emergency situation, it is added in the project that the General Council will determine the applicable mechanism.

The time allotted for political parties is 30 minutes for the pre-campaign; 24 minutes in inter-campaign, and 41 minutes in campaign.

For the electoral authority it is one minute in pre-campaign; 24 minutes in the inter-campaign and seven minutes in the campaign.

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In another draft agreement that will be submitted to the General Council of the INE, it is proposed that the time administered by the electoral body, corresponding to the prerogative of the political parties, may be used for the dissemination of promotional items that address the health emergency situation , in the cases in which the political institutes renounce, in writing, their concession in stated terms.

“The time that the INE administers corresponding to the prerogative of the political parties that is used for the dissemination of campaigns to face the current health emergency situation, must be of an institutional nature and refrain from including phrases, images, voices or symbols that could be constituting political or electoral propaganda, or elements of personalized propaganda of any public servant.

“Government achievements, public works, or information aimed at justifying or convincing the population of the relevance of a particular administration may not be disseminated. Its content will be limited to identifying the name of the institution in question, without referring to any of the phrases, images, voices or symbols that could be constitutive of political or electoral propaganda ”, it is specified.

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