The spearhead behind the reform, National Regeneration Movement Senator Ricardo Monreal. Photo: Google

By KELIN DILLON

Mexico’s in-power National Regeneration Movement (Morena), in an effort led by the party’s Senator Ricardo Monreal, will now look to reform the country’s General Council of the National Electoral Institute (INE) and the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Power (TEPJF), removing all its current members in the process.

“It is a very ambitious reform in electoral politics,” said Monreal on the evening of Wednesday, Aug.18. “It’s a fundamental reform that I am waiting for the opportune moment to present.” 

The proposed overhaul would likewise reduce the members of the INE council from 11 to seven and cut magistrates of the TEPJF from seven to five. Likewise, the reform is intended to decrease the number of Mexico’s senators down from 128 to 96, and deputies from 500 to 400.

Monreal noted that the legislation is in its final stages of crafting and will soon be ready for popular consultation. He also mentioned that the reform is partially due to budget cuts.

If implemented, councilors removed by the changes would still receive their full salaries to the end of their previously appointed terms “in order not to affect labor rights,” he said.

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