STPS incorporates digital vote to oil union process

Two years after the departure of the oil leader Carlos Romero Deschamps, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) presented the route that the election process will follow for the General Secretary of the Oil Workers Union of the Mexican Republic (STPRM).

The head of Labor, Luisa María Alcalde Luján, announced that for the first time the almost 90,000 workers will directly and secretly elect their union leader, through electronic voting on the platform developed by the agency called Sirvolab.

In this way, it will be possible, he said, to guarantee the free and secret vote of the workers distributed in 470 work centers, belonging to the 36 union sections. The governing bodies of the STPRM, on October 27, approved that the election of its Secretary or General Secretary be carried out through electronic voting, which begins the electoral process, which will be divided into five stages.

The first stage begins on December 6 with the issuance and dissemination of the call; the second begins from December 7 to 17 with voter registration; From January 17 to 19, the third stage takes place, with the registration of candidates.

The fourth stage includes from January 20 to 29, the period in which the electoral campaigns will take place, which must be carried out under the principles of equity and equality, and on January 31 the fifth stage closes with the completion of the electoral day.

Likewise, the secretary told El Economista that it is possible that this electronic mechanism could be used in other union elections, especially those that are very large and involve various work centers throughout the country; process that will also be accompanied not only by the STPS, but also by the INE.

For the election, the Secretary of Labor will make the Sirvolab platform available to the Union, through which the electronic vote will be cast. In addition, the process will be accompanied by 400 public servants from the STPS and the Federal Labor Center, explained Alcalde Luján.

The electronic voting system can be used from any device that has a web browser and Internet access. The platform will be enabled only for people who have a previously authorized username and password.

The working day comprises a single day to vote (January 31, 2022); the electronic count will be carried out from the end of the established voting time. Once the counting process is finished, the corresponding minutes are prepared to document the result of the election, validated by the members of the electoral committee and the Federal Labor Center.

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