Forum co-organizes electoral reform workshop in Mexico City

Mexican senators Josefina Cota Cota (far left) and Ramon Galindo Noriega (second from left), listen as Antonio María Hernandez, Executive Director of the Institute of Federalism of the National Academy of Law and Social Sciences of Córdoba speaks at a March workshop on electoral reform in Mexico City.

Mexico is considering decentralizing the power over municipal re-election policy to the state order of government from the federation’s central government.

To this end, the Forum assisted in organizing a workshop, working with Mexico’s Senate Commission on Local Government.

More than 30 participants, including 14 senators, gathered at the March 25, 2009 event to discuss Mexico’s draft reform bill.

Antonio María Hernandez, Executive Director of the Institute of Federalism of the National Academy of Law and Social Sciences of Córdoba (Argentina), represented the Forum.

Mr. Hernandez discussed recent developments in electoral reform in Argentina – specifically the re-election policy whereby each province determines the electoral policy for their constituent municipalities.

Some provinces prohibit the re-election to second terms of municipal officials, while others permit either limited or unlimited re-election.

The Mexican meeting was followed by informal discussion between Mr. Hernandez and the workshop participants.

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