Organizations and chambers of civil society asked the legislators make known the Citizen Participation Law who has more than 18 years in Guanajuato without being touched, but objectively.
Jaime GallardoCoordinator of the León Security and Justice Table, said that people do not even know that it exists and that legislators do not do something to make it known.
“This Citizen Participation law is extremely important, which unfortunately neither the citizenship knows that it exists, nor the legislators try to make it known, right? It is an element that citizens have both in the change of some law and in their legislation, ”he stressed.
He said that others are also important mechanisms like the referendum, the plebiscite and the popular initiative so that everything is applied more continuously because there are decisions of the state that are not submitted to the citizens’ consideration.
He assured that the first step is to make themselves known so that the public knows about the mechanisms they have to participate in public decision-making and that the Citizen Participation law is updated, which has been little touched since 2002.
The president of the León Business Coordinating Council, Luis Gerardo González, He mentioned that it is a law that must be worked on in different sectors of the population, although he considered that in the state, with regard to the issue business, a good path has been made in collaboration of the authorities.
However, although he is in favor, he commented that the aspects that are being worked on should be taken care of so as not to fall into ideas such as the Popular Consultation that will be held on August 1 in the country, which he described as a “hesitated”.
Hector Rodriguez, president of COPARMEX León, said that it is necessary that people with or without law be listened to and that it is a matter of political will.
“It is a matter of political will, it is a matter of the openness that the government must have towards the citizens, the common good must always be put above the individual, so it is important that with law or without law, they listen to the people, let them see what is important to people ”, he commented.
For her part, the president of CANACO, Elizabeth vargas, said that it is worrying that the law is not being implemented and considered it important to rethink why it has only been used once in more than 18 years and reassess its implementation and make it a more comprehensive reform according to current times.
“I think it would be of great value to be able to take it up again with the Law of Citizen Participation in Guanajuato, establish the rules of participation and operation, reduce the percentage of votes since 60 percent of the register is somewhat high and more if it is unknown, work on issues relevant and of interest that generate an impact on society and take care that they are implemented in the best way ”, he stressed.
He commented that a recommendation could be, disseminate and mainly involve the participation of the youths through universities or professional associations through calls, working on bells by electronic means and develop the appropriate channels to involve society, thus achieving the objective that is to have the participation, development and monitoring of all in the mechanisms that have the Political Constitution of the State of Guanajuato and this Law.
The activist Ricardo Ibelles de FURA said that advice and laws are useless because there is never really an objective citizen participation.
“We have advisory councils and directive councils and many of citizen participation and nothing changes and they do not pay attention to citizens when we say things, then, the mere truth, there may be many laws, but I repeat, if there is no real intention that truly We people participate, society participate and be heard, it is useless if they invite us to the councils ”, he commented.
He stressed that for this the important thing is that there is really a real representativeness of civil society and not just that a few benefit.