POLITICS

Party membership falls after elections

CD, PRD and Molirena parties lose members while Panameñistas and PP increase numbers.

Temas:

A report by the Tribunal Electoral (TE) has shown that membership in political parties has decreased since the May elections.

There were 1.318 million members of parties in April 2014, a month before the election. That number has fallen to 1.262 million members.

To date, the party that has lost the most members has been the opposition CD, which has seen its enrollment drop by 56,227.

The PRD, which is part of the ruling alliance in the National Assembly, has lost 10,933 members.

The other members of the ruling alliance, comprised of the Panameñista party and the Partido Popular (PP), have both added followers. The PP has added 1,707 members, while the Panameñistas have added 13,709 members.

The Molirena party has lost 4,219 members.

The Broad Front for Democracy (FAD), which was formed in September 2013, lost 829 members. It still has 50,178 members, but they will become independents or forced to join another party once the FAD is disbanded.

Under TE rules, parties that fail to get 4 percent of the overall vote in the presidential election are disbanded. That will be the fate of the FAD, which did not obtain the 72,068 votes it needed to continue.

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