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Politics | Mini-Reform Is Macro-Amended

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Source: GGN

By: Redação RBA

Called “a mockery” and “a cosmetic measure” by left-wing party leaders, the bill ignores the central questions of political reform.

Last night, a plenary session of the lower house of Congress voted to approve a political “mini-reform” that changes absolutely nothing about the current political system and carries with it changes considered superficial and cosmetic — such as a ban on painting privately-owned walls with manifestations in favor of a candidate.

Contrary to what some parties and social organizations such as the CNBB, OAB, CUT and UNE, the bill retains private financing of campaigns, and even limits the authority of the electoral tribunals in their review of accounting methods, accounting records, and itemization of party expenses.

PT leader José Guimarães (CE), said the bill is “a mockery of reform” and demanded that the bill be altered in five areas: public finance of campaigns, proportional representation, party fidelity, gender equity and a constituent assembly dedicated to political reform.

“We oppose this political reform, because it flies in the face of everything we defend, including the expectations of the Brazilian people. The political parties are useless and do not serve Brazilian society,” he said.“This is just a pile of junk, an excerise in make-believe based on the false argument that private funding cuts the cost of campaigns and does not affect the crucial issues.”

Cosmetic Measure

PCdoB leader Manuela D’Ávila (RS), called the bill “a cosmetic measure” and said that it will, in fact, increase the costs of campaigning. “This mini-reform keeps people from marching in the streets, but it does not do away with money that comes from more and more unknown sources”, she said.

Together with the PT and PCdoB, the PSB, Psol, PR, Pros and PDT opposed the bill. Among its principal defenders is lawmaker Eduardo Cunha (PMDB-RJ) and the back benchers with strong ties to ruralists and business groups.

Yesterday’s vote must be continued until next weeks … and then the bill proceeds to the Senate. There are doubts as to whether the new rules will be effective in time for the 2014 elections.