They presented the first project to allow the indefinite re-election of Buenos Aires mayors

Axel Kicillof with Buenos Aires mayors

The Frente de Todos officially presented the project that the Buenos Aires mayors had already advanced to the governor Axel Kicillof: the modification of the article that prevents indefinite reelection in their localities. In total, there are 87 communal chiefs who will end their second consecutive term in 2023, who should leave their positions in case there is no change in the law.

The bill was presented by the provincial deputy of the Frente de Todos Walter Abarca, who maintains that the election of the municipal mayor should be “Determined solely by the popular, universal, equal, secret, free and compulsory vote of the residents of the Municipality”. Specifically, the objective is to modify article 3 of Decree-Law 6769/1958 – Organic Law of Municipalities and its amendments – in order to establish that the re-election or not of the mayors arises from the will of the people expressed in the practices democratic.

“The provincial constitution does not establish a time limit or re-election for the one-person executive department, this is established by law in Article 3 of the Organic Law of Municipalities, which has been modified for the last time in August 2016, establishing that mayors and councilors may only be elected once and may be elected to the same position with an interval of a period ”, argues the legislator.

In the project, Abarca insists on the need for “development of the municipalities, not being the result of an act of magic but of an evolutionary process at the service of the common good.” And he argues: “Municipal autonomy as a result of an evolutionary process must import the revaluation of a set of principles that tend to efficiency in the management of public functions and constitute the propitious environment for growing popular and social participation.”

Walter Abarca, provincial deputy of the Frente de Todos
Walter Abarca, provincial deputy of the Frente de Todos

“Currently municipalities have great challenges due to the active role they have, playing a key role in provincial development, and as the other side of the same coin is the Mayor who best knows the needs of the people, and who better than the people to delegate his representation back to him, evaluating whether or not he complied with responding to local demands. Democracy cannot be curtailed by limiting it, it is with the vote that democracy places its limits on those who intend to possess the mandate of the people that is delegated to them through political representation ”, he adds.

Although it is a formal presentation for the change of the article that harms the mayors, the project will need agreements between the blocks. To modify the law, a simple majority is needed, that is, half plus one of the 92 seats in the Deputies and the 46 seats in the Senate.

In the upper house, Juntos will have a 23-member bloc as of December 10, the same number as the Frente de Todos. Of those 23 opposition banks there are 6 that correspond to the Radical Civic Union. Radical mayors have already anticipated that they are accompanying the initiative to limit indefinite re-elections, but that the period 2019-2023 should be considered as a first term, since the law enacted in 2016 takes the 2015-2019 stretch as the first term of government. The Observation then falls on the retroactivity of the law. There, the ruling party could go to seek consensus on what would be the most possible path.

Later, the Civic Coalition It has two representatives within what to date is the Juntos bloc who are against the amendment to the law approved during the mandate of Maria Eugenia Vidal. The rest, which are 15 other banks almost all referenced in the PRO, would also show resistance to the modification of the current regulation. However, there are some opposition mayors who privately maintain that the law “is not bad, but it is badly applied”, under the same retroactivity arguments publicly launched by the communal heads of the UCR.


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