December 9, 2013
Following suspension of governor elections in santiago del esteroThursday, October 24, 2013
Zamora bemoans Court decision
A day after the Supreme Court suspended Santiago del Estero’s provincial election, Governor Gerardo Zamora — who had hoped to run for a third term in office — yesterday said he accepts but does not agree with the tribunal’s decision.
“We have to respect what the Judiciary says. I was qualified to present my candidacy by provincial law, but if the national justice system decides that I am no longer qualified, I will desist.” Zamora, a Kirchnerite-aligned Radical Party leader, yesterday argued, a day after the Supreme Court issued an injunction to suspend the provincial elections for governor. However, the province’s citizens will still elect lawmakers on Sunday.
“I cannot rule out the idea that somebody may want the province to be leaderless, because the polls showed a significant lead,” he said.
Zamora complained about the Supreme Court’s decision, but said he would present the requested information within the five-day deadline set by Justices Ricardo Lorenzetti, Enrique Petracchi, Carlos Fayt and Juan Carlos Maqueda.
The Supreme Court ruled that a third term would violate the provincial Constitution, considering that the Constitution passed in 2005 only allows two consecutive terms. On Tuesday, the justices accused Zamora of “ignoring elementary Constitutional rules.”
Zamora also complained the ruling by the justices was not delivered 15 days ago, as otherwise, elections could have been on Sunday.
“Political forces that are part of the Civic Front for Santiago del Estero urged me to run again, and the decision had an 85 percent approval rate,” Zamora said yesterday.
“Anyway, the political decision does not matter. What matters now is who will be the candidate for our party in the elections,” he added.
“I see this as a judicial intervention in the province’s institutions,” Zamora said. “I consider it to be the right time for all the people of Santiago del Estero to defend our federalism. When appropriate, our people will choose their next governor.”
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, Santiago del Estero will vote on Sunday, but only to choose national, provincial and municipal legislators. The seven parties that had presented candidates for governor will present a single ticket when the Court lifts the injunction suspending the governor’s election.
Zamora will present himself as a substitute candidate for senator.
—Herald with DyN, Telam