BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Thursday unveiled an election reform bill aimed at “uniting” citizens with a more transparent, equitable and “21st-century” voting system.
Macri made the announcement during a press conference at the Nestor Kirchner Cultural Center in Buenos Aires.
The bill is the product of extensive debate among representatives of all the provincial governments, 41 political parties, civil society organizations, judges and academics.
The first phase of the reform process seeks to end the use of paper ballots and introduce “electronic ballots” to reduce the time needed to tabulate results, Macri said.
The legislation, which must still be debated in Congress, is expected to provide the national elections office with better tools for monitoring elections and the financing of political campaigns.
Macri discussed alleged illegal funding provided by pharmaceutical companies in the 2007 presidential elections, which were won by Cristina Fernandez.
The national elections office must be independent to prevent “such tricks” from happening in “future campaigns,” Macri said.
The reform legislation, among other areas, provides for the improvement of election calendar management.
In 2015, elections were held “almost every weekend” in the country, which meant that politicians “had less time to work” for the people, Macri said.