May 21, 2013
Senate sends request to open Chubut ballot boxes to committee, upsets Kirchnerites
After hours of debate, the Senate decided to send a Kirchnerite request calling for a “one by one” vote recount in the Chubut election to the Constitutional Affairs Committee, upsetting the ruling party who intended to table a motion to pass the request.
With only 39 of the 62 senators present voting in favour of the measure, the Kirchnerites were unable to gather the two thirds necessary in order to table a motion and had no choice but to accept the Radical’s proposal to send it to the Constitutional Affairs Committee in order to debate the request there.
The document read that the Senate “would appreciate it” if the Chubut Electoral Tribunal “ordered to open all ballot boxes in order to make a final recount” and a possible “annulment of last March 20th election.”
After several arguments between the FPV and Radical caucuses, most senators in the Upper House ended up voting against the measure.
“Sending it to a committee equals turning a blind eye on the issue,” Kirchnerite Senator Nicolás Fernández told the Radicals after the vote.