Maia says agreement to vote postponing elections is still a long way off

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29/06/2020 12h37 - Updated 29/06/2020 12h37

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The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), he said today (29) that is still far from an agreement to vote on the House the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) 18/20, that postpones this year's municipal elections, scheduled for October, due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus (covid-19).

Or text, passed last week in the Senate, predicts that the election will be held on 15 e 29 from November, instead of the official dates of 4 e 25 of October.

Rodrigo Maia said he is working towards a consensus to vote on the matter until Wednesday (1°). “It is important that the Chamber makes its decision. We are talking to build the necessary support, until unanimity, so we can vote, but we are still far from it. Our intention is to, with dialogue, arrive until wednesday (1º) to a solution to that problem ”, said during a press conference with the mayor of São Paulo, Bruno Covas, and federal deputy Baleia Rossi (MDB-SP), after a private meeting.

Maia, that defends the postponement of the election, recalled that by the current electoral calendar, the day 4 of July already imposes a series of restrictions on the conduct of public agents and civil servants that can affect equal opportunities among candidates in electoral elections.

“The decision to vote for PEC needs to happen this week, because we have the deadline 4 July, which it is very important. There are thousands of civil servants who intend to dispute the election, certainly many in the health field, who need the information to make their decision ”, said.

Transfer of resources

Asked about pressure from mayors and deputies to vote on the MP text 938/20, that transfers funds from the Union to states, municipalities and the Federal District, through state and municipal participation funds (FPB out of the FPM), Maia said he is working to “organize the agenda”.

The measure reserved up to R $ 16 billion to maintain the FPM and FPE transfers from March to June. Maia said that, until now, They were transferred R $ 10 billion and is evaluating the possibility of making R $ available 5 billion to R $ 6 billions for municipal entities.

The MP vote would be part of an agreement to resolve the impasse surrounding the elections' PEC. However, according to Maia, there is no understanding of whether resources should be made available only for health or can be used in other areas, as transportation.

“We are talking about the issue that I have always defended, postponing the elections ”, said Maia, adding “what mayors and deputies linked to mayors are demanding is that these resources can be used since the credit is already created. What we want and the federal government itself started this dialogue with us two weeks ago, is for us to create a program to use these resources ”.

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