Senators reject AMLO’s proposals for the IFT

The united commissions of Communications and Transportation as well as Radio, Television and Cinematography of the Senate of the Republic, They rejected the two proposals of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to fill the vacancy of commissioners of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), so you will have to send a new shortlist.

During the virtual session of this Thursday, the senators of all the parties rejected the opinion of suitability to be commissioners of Sayuri Adriana Koike Quintanar and Laura Elizabeth González Sánchez.

This Wednesday, both candidates appeared before the members of the united commissions, where They responded to questions from legislators and defended the autonomy of the IFT.

The senator of Morena, José Antonio Álvarez Lima, said that his vote would be against the ruling, since considered that none of the applicants have the conditions of suitability required for the position.

« My reasons are that neither of the two applicants responded satisfactorily to the questions I asked during their appearance, » he explained.

At the time, the PAN senator, Xóchitl Gálvez, considered that the applicants have high knowledge in the matter, but admitted that they did not take a clear position on various controversial issues. For this reason, it is interpreted that they will not have the firmness to « get their hands » on a powerful sector such as telecommunications.

The coordinator of the PRD in the Senate, Miguel Ángel Mancera, mentioned that both candidates have a solid background, but he was not satisfied with the proposal of the applicants.

The Senator of the Citizen Movement, José Alberto Galarza, considered that IFT needs the best profiles for the sector to develop in the best way.

“I don’t know if due to ignorance or not wanting to address the issue as it is, there was no direct response to the questions we made. Today my vote is against for the aforementioned arguments. Although they have an important academic training ”.

In her speech, the PT senator, Nancy de la Sierra, warned that its bench will not ratify profiles that do not prove the technical knowledge of any public position.

“We cannot ignore that several questions were not answered, on the issues that failed. It was on issues of great importance of the IFT such as net neutrality, the closing of the digital divide”.

The Communications and Transportation Commission, chaired by Senator Lucy Meza, cast 12 votes against the opinion, two abstentions and one in favor; that of Radio, Television and Cinematography, headed by Senator Cruz Pérez Cuellar, had ten votes against.