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Durdos, Mereles and another embarrassment at SOMU.(Image: Revista Puerto)

SOMU: 'This election was embarrassing and fraudulent'

  (ARGENTINA, 12/22/2021)

The Green List denounces fraud in the elections. They requested that the electoral act be challenged and that the Electoral Board refrain from validating the definitive scrutiny, proclamation of new authorities and putting the positions in possession. They ask for the annulment of the process.

On Saturday they reported from the SOMU official website that the Orange List had prevailed over the Green List by 334 votes. Once the election process was completed, with the consecration of Raúl Durdos as Secretary General for the second term, the candidates on the Green List headed by Daniel Mereles, current Deputy Secretary, reported fraud and a difference in their favor of 500 votes to the Argentine Ministry of Labor . They asked for a full audit before the new authorities are proclaimed and warn that they will go to the Argentine Supreme Court and international organizations to denounce the irregularities. Daniel Mereles is now denouncing, just as Rubén Manno, of the Turquoise List, denounced throughout the election process: violation of the constitutional rights of freedom and union democracy.

Mereles y sus seguidores de Mar del Plata.(Foto: Revista Puerto)

The attorney for the Green List asked the labor authorities to open all the polls in order to verify the existence of electoral fraud; a statement is received from affiliates, prosecutors, and table authorities throughout the country, confirming the reported irregularities; A complete audit is carried out, checking with the Statute each tally sheet, official and unofficial ballots inside the polls, discarding the unauthorized ballots, noting the existence of unsigned envelopes that would constitute proof of chain vote.

Consequently, they ask that the Central Electoral Board abstain from validating the definitive vote count, proclaiming authorities and putting them in possession of the positions, until the Ministry of Labor resolves and pronounces on the challenge made.

Lastly, they report that they are reserved to go to the Supreme Court for having violated constitutional guarantees such as freedom and trade union democracy; as well as before the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association, in safeguarding the rights affected by the irregularities of the electoral process.

Copy of the first page of the complaint to the Labor Ministry  --->

Now recognizing the irregularities denounced by the Turquoise List that was contested to participate by the union's Secretariat, the members of the Green List indicated: “From the beginning of the electoral process, it was colored by some irregularities that merited the intervention of the Ministry of Work ”and they emphasize that with wisdom as a result of these denunciations a detailed regulation was established for the celebration of the elections.

But they indicate that, despite the establishment of rules, "again and unfortunately the SOMU, appears in public importance with acts of fraud and corruption in the free exercise of trade union freedom of its members, mortally wounding union democracy in our association" . Therefore, they request the declaration of nullity of the entire electoral process, "which unfortunately must be repeated again."

“Consent to all these irregularities, either by the union electoral authority or by the labor administrative Authority, although it will enable the announced judicial and international channels, it only announces intra-union conflicts, which They only harm the Maritime Worker and his family, given the importance of the Union in the management of the Welfare Projects ”, they closed to give way to the description of the denounced acts.

Among the events listed, they indicate that "there were irregularities in practically all the towns of the Argentine Republic", and they add that it was not a question of a table, but of "a process of electoral fraud throughout the country."

The members of the Green List affirm that, if the adulterated, unofficial or trout ballots from the Orange List were counted, “we would be exceeding approximately 500 votes. Only with that irregularity, in addition to validating the fraud, would result in our list of candidates being the true winning list. "

<---- Copy of the last page of the complaint to the Labor Ministry

In addition, they denounce that they did not allow the participation of prosecutors in some localities; the seals were violated in some ballot boxes before the election began; Unsigned envelopes appeared, "simple proof of the chain voting modality" they assure. They presented witnesses and physical evidence of acts of coercion on members and verification of purchase of voters, in addition to the confirmation that people who did not attend appear as voters.

They point out that if a single irregularity is enough to verify electoral fraud, the verification of all the causes denounced will determine that "this election was an embarrassment and fraudulent" and they ask that these acts not be confused with "bad practices" by the labor authorities.

“Unfortunately, the union world is tinged with bad practices, which surely one day will no longer exist. It is enough to read the newspapers or, in our case, to see SOMU's own union history, to understand what we are saying. These bad practices almost enter the union folklore, tolerated by all of us and even by the authorities of the Ministry of Labor of the Nation ”, they fired.

“Here we are not denouncing bad practices”, they insist and reaffirm that electoral fraud is being denounced; "Here the complete manual of fraud actions was used to betray the will of the affiliates", they affirm and by way of conclusion they pointed out: "SOMU does not deserve to appear again in the media as a union of gangsters." 

Author / Source: Karina Fernandez / Revista Puerto (article available only in spanish)

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