as he advanced it CORDOBA PROFILEthe head of the Together for Change (JxC) block, Orlando Arduh, will enter the Unicameral, at the start of the week, the bill to modify -in a limited way- the “stocks” of norm 10,406 that prevents the re-election of heads of local governments.
After twists and turns, in the midst of an exhausting tug of war that the issue signified, with underground dialogues about politics, 2022 closed with the conclusion that the matter was nothing, despite the strong discomfort that still persists among the mayors affected by the “retroactivity” of the law in question.
The radical Cambiemite promotes opening the formal instance of debate within the Legislature -in full view- of a project that focuses on enabling the re-re only in municipalities of up to 10,000 inhabitants and communes of up to 2,000 inhabitants governed by the Municipal Organic Law (8,102).
The modification to article 7 of Law 10,406 promoted by Arduh makes it very clear. In the case of provincial legislators and mayors of larger municipalities that do not have their own Organic Charter, the 2015-2019 term is taken as the first term, with which in this next electoral round -with a second term completed- they are unable to appear in the polls.
The initiative proposes that with respect to “councillors, mayors, members of the Court of Accounts of municipalities with up to 10,000 inhabitants and communes with up to 2,000 inhabitants, according to the 2010 Census, the current one in progress (2019-2023) will be considered the first period, which has taken place after the enactment of Law 10,406”.
In this way, Arduh argued that the reform that he proposes fixes “a progressiveness of the limitation” that in the first place falls on the largest districts. “The spirit of the law (limiting indefinite re-elections) is not altered, but of a gradual implementation that does not generate practical problems,” he said in the foundations of the initiative.
In defense of the project that will take parliamentary status in Wednesday’s session, the opposition sword assured that in this way it will fulfill the commitment made in the face of “the many claims of mayors and community leaders” that passed through his office.
“Understanding that it is an issue that the parties are not being able to resolve directly, nor the Executive Branch, the Unicameral should be the appropriate setting to debate the agreements to end this issue,” emphasized the radical Cambiemite.
If this initiative advances, the heads of government with two consecutive terms under the loins of some 180 municipalities and communes –representing the bulk of the latter– will be empowered to fight for a new term in 2023.
Until last year there was talk of almost 300 local territories. With this new proposal by Arduh, the universe of cases is reduced, taking into account the realities of the smallest districts that claim the lack of political cadres for the change in the management of the communes.
On the pro-government sidewalk they talk about the “re-re issue being closed” but they warn that if some radical parliamentarians accompany them, the analysis of the demand of the communal chiefs could be resumed. In fact, there are Peronist legislators with territorial weight who welcome the initiative of the head of the JxC bench and would be willing to add their positive vote.
Arduh’s proposal has the explicit support of the nuclei of mayors of the UCR and Comupro (PRO and neighborhood members). Notes with the signatures of his authorities were sent to the Cambiemite legislator expressing support for his initiative.
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