President Andrés Manuel López Obrador rejected the validity of the shortlists for commissioners to the Federal Institute of Telecommunications ( IFT ) and for the Federal Commission of Economic Competition ( Cofece ) for which he will not select any profile for both regulatory entities.
In a statement, the Telecommunications Observatory Association (Observatel) explained that the president argued that the list sent by the Evaluation Committee for the vacancies in both entities is invalid because they were only issued by two of the three members who must to integrate.
These members are the Bank of Mexico (Banxico), the National Institute for the Evaluation of Education (INEE) and the Inegi, however, on May 15, 2019, by decree, the INEE disappeared.
“The argument of the Executive is worrying because everything indicates that President López Obrador will not select the candidates for IFT and Cofece commissioners from the lists that have already been sent to him by the Evaluation Committee, unless the Judiciary orders it ” , warns Observatel in the statement.
Currently, the antitrust entity has three vacancies and the telecommunications regulator has three unfilled positions. Both are running under interim presidencies.
On December 13, the Federal Economic Competition Commission (Cofece) filed a constitutional dispute against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, considering that the executive has not complied with the obligation to select and propose new candidates to complete the plenary session. .
For its part, Observatel will present before the District Court in charge of resolving the amparo, the corresponding arguments to undermine this and other arguments of the Executive that seek to extend indefinitely the current situation in which these bodies operate.
The telecommunications regulatory body had to modify its organic statute so that it could continue operating, since some of its functions would be stopped as there were only four commissioners, out of the seven that it requires.