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JNE says, “Every vote counts in Panama” (+Photo)

Panama City, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Towards next May's general elections, the Chair of the National Scrutiny Board (JNE) Nivia Castrellon asserted on Tuesday that every vote counts in Panama, and it must be seen as a solid contribution to democracy.

In an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina, the also educator pointed out that for the consultation, the temporary, as it is created every five years, and autonomous electoral corporation she leads is ready to a close vote, in which her work will be very crystal-clear.

Castrellon, who holds that post for the second time since she previously did it in the 2019 elections, explained that to fulfil the responsibility of announcing to the country and the world the new President and Vice President of the Republic, she counts on a team of nine members, mostly women (66%) and five of them are less than 40 years old.

“The JNE is made up of people from heterogeneous contexts, different backgrounds, from different age groups, it is a microcosm of the country.” It is an inclusive group that represents citizens and this is also an important contribution to the democratic exercise, she noted.

The composition of the JNE (including sectors such as education, accounting and auditing, indigenous peoples, technology, law, youth, labour, trade union, innovation and business, among others), seeks that civil society watches over the purity of the suffrage, she added.