Campaign groups say they have collected more than enough signatures to move to the next phase of recall proceedings against Bogotá mayor, Enrique Peñalosa.
On May 2, the group Unidos Revocamos a Peñalosa delivered boxes containing over 660,000 signatures to the city’s central registry.
They filed petitions in January to initiate the reform process, complaining about the mayor’s management of a number of issues, from privatization plans to the metro.
Signatures totaling 30% of the votes that the major originally obtained are required to trigger a recall election. Each signature now needs to be verified by the National Electoral Council (CNE).
However, the CNE have announced that they are calling a public hearing to discuss possible changes to the recall process. Anti-Peñalosa campaigners reacted immediately, demanding democracy, and that the CNE respect the signatures.
Officially, the CNE has 30 working days to review and verify the signatures. But it is unclear what will happen if they change rules in the middle of the process!
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