Santo Domingo. – The Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), José Dantés Díaz, affirmed this Monday that the representation of the second political majority in said chamber is held by the PLD since in the results of the last congressional elections the PLD obtained six seats in the Senate of the Republic.
In the opinion of Dantés Díaz, the concept of congressional majorities is subject to an objective element, which in this case is the electoral results of each political organization in the elections, so it is not subject to a one-person decision by a legislator at a time determined.
“The Constitution seeks an organic picture that emerges from the electoral results obtained by the political parties in each electoral process. If we assume that the congressional political majority is built based on the free disposition of the congressmen, then the legislative political majorities would be very fickle and fickle, according to the ups and downs of each senator or deputy,” added the lawyer.
He considers that the only way to calculate a legislative majority in general, and even more so in the case of the representatives of the National Council of the Magistracy, that does not give rise to any type of arbitrariness or subjective discretion, is to do it based on the results that obtained by the political organizations that participated in the most recent electoral contest.
“This criteria is confirmed when the Constitution clearly establishes, in its article 77.1, that when for any reason vacancies of senators or deputies occur, the corresponding chamber will choose its substitute from the list presented by the superior organism of the party that nominated it; In other words, the substitution is the responsibility of the political organization, not of the senator or deputy who has produced the vacancy,” said Dantés.
“If not, then any legislator or group of legislators elected by a party would have the power to change the legislative majorities at will each time they decided to do so, and thereby alter the order of things, which is contrary to the most elementary democratic principles ”, he concluded.