Electoral reforms can’t be a tailored suit – business execs

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The Panamanian Association of Business Executives (Apede), reacted on Monday, October 11, to the first debate  of the electoral reform package and the modifications made by deputies of the Democratic Revolutionary Party and Democratic Change in the Government Commission of the Assembly General.

Apede president Elisa Suárez,  accompanied by the members of the board of directors, said that the association requires, as a minimum, that the principles of equity, transparency, and accountability be respected when making any modification.

The Apede understands the power of the legislature to make changes to the proposals, while warning that, " modifications cannot be a tailored suit that  favors any of the participants in a fair electoral contest."

In addition, the Apede has requested that the strongly expressed citizen clamor about safeguarding democratic principles, be heeded and those they elected really represent them.

They ask that "democratic principles be safeguarded and preserved, observing with concern the sister countries that are struggling in instability and chaos by choosing stone idols that only involve scenarios which we never want to see in our country."

"As a defender and guarantor, since its foundation, of the rule of law, freedom, and democracy, Apede has participated for several electoral exercises, as a representative of the employer sector, together with other organizations of civil society, in the National Commission of Electoral Reforms. That is why we have the power to demand that the proposals be reviewed with the respect that our Electoral Code deserves and, we deplore any action that does not lead to the purpose that the voters feel confident that their vote will be respected with absolute transparency and clarity … We are concerned that democracy will continue to be trivialized in the midst of populism, prebendary politics, and insider networks. Therefore, we strongly deplore any modification to the Electoral Code that does not comply with the principles that we have indicated.

The Apede requires both the Electoral Tribunal and the National Assembly to “fulfill their role of defending democracy."

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George Klk

Panama: China and Russian Influence... Slaughter of 9,000 Venezuelans. Venezuela President / Dictator Maduro... a former [bus driver]. Stated during the Venezuela's exile for rations of food... "Hunger is their business"! Maduro apparently likes to dance in front of his supporters. Panama will be slaughter in the thousands and the United State must act before this happens with the new ambassador!

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George Klk

Panama: China and Russia Waiting for the Oligarchy... Panama National Assembly. Russia's President Putin, took... ALL... the wealth from the Oligarchy and became Supreme! China Provided Venezuela's president (Dictator) over $50 - 60 billion for his support. Russia has a military incursion in Venezuela. Russia and China established their provinces for territorial rights for cheap oil in Venezuela! China and Russia want Panama Canal Expansion for global maritime control as leverage... $$$! Panama National Assembly are willing to establish former Panama president as the new re-elected Panama president. Elected president Panama president Martinelli (Future) will then visit China and have $10's billion at his disposal. Martinelli will not need the old Panama National Assembly, but a new China / Russian government. Martinelli will take... ALL WEALTH... from the Oligarchy... Panama National Assembly / 71 deputies including former Panama president Cortizo and business partner Abrego (Future)... cattle ranch / manure underground businesses. Russian President Putin has done this and he will do this again with China strategy of predatory lending or just outright bribery support of over $5- to 60 billion for the purchase the Panama Canal Expansion. Martinelli will accept this transaction from China and will take further wealth from the... Panama National Assembly - 71 Deputies for absolute control of wealth and power!!! Google the documentary of Russia's Putin rise to power! Google Russia and China alliance for oil and financial global control! President Cortizo, Yanibel Abrego, Panama National Assembly- 71 Deputies... you will... LOSE IT ALL UNDER THE RE-ELECTED MARTINELLI DICTATORSHIP!!! Heed the warning from the... Panamanian Association of Business Executives (Apede). Democracy must be maintained to preserve the global present wealth and economy.

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