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Historic return of magistrates to Guatemala’s TSE

Guatemala City, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The Chair of Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) Blanca Alfaro described on Friday as historic the reinstatement of the four magistrates accused of alleged fraud, thus integrating that instance.

On a recording, alongside Irma Palencia, Gabriel Aguilera, Ranulfo Rojas and Mynor Franco, the authority expressed her joy for the fact, and considered “it is a day of institutional strengthening.”

The four judges, involved in a possible crime for the purchase of the computer system used in the last elections, returned to the country after three months away, and appeared voluntarily before a court on Thursday.

Judge Alfaro highlighted the objectivity of the judge in charge of the case, Karen Chinchilla, who upon hearing the case, instead of ordering the deprivation of liberty, as sought by the Prosecutor’s Office, decided on a substitute measure.

“Today, she has allowed them to return to their work and, from this moment on, we are integrated with the magistrates of the TSE”, she added.

“I know that from this moment the institution will have stability and democracy, freedom and justice will prevail, from the point of view of governance,” the head of the body in charge of Guatemalan elections noted.

The authority remarked that “we are in this process of strengthening, of modernization, of reforming the Electoral and Political Parties Law, we are starting to work in conjunction.”

In his message, Aguilera also thanked Guatemalans for supporting them in the process and referred that it is a very significant step since they always stated that “they will “show their face” in any eventuality.

The judge underscored the confidence in which they made the acquisition of the system in the exercise of the faculties, of the attributions and in accordance with the Law, while considering a challenge the electoral reforms, on which they will focus.