The looming elections at Argentina's premier football club, Boca Juniors, preordained for this Sunday, have been halted by a judicial injunction. The opposing party, helmed by Andrés Ibarra and former Argentine President Mauricio Macri, lodged a complaint citing alleged irregularities in the registration of new members under Jorge Amor Ameal's regime. Judge Alejandra Débora Abrevaya imposed a precautionary measure, indicating discrepancies in the electoral roll and a disproportionate surge in new memberships.
Fanning the Flames of Electoral Discord
The opposition argues a disregard for chronology and seniority in converting affiliate members to active ones. The incumbent party, fronted by Boca legend Juan Román Riquelme, refutes these allegations, suggesting the opposition's intent to muddy the electoral waters. The dispute escalates the tension in the election process at Argentina's most popular club, with prominent figures such as Macri and cherished Boca icon Riquelme on opposing sides.
Judge Abrevaya Steps In
Judge Abrevaya intervened following an opposition request and decided to suspend the elections due to irregularities and anomalies in the membership roll. Hours later, she summoned a conciliation meeting between both parties. The judicial system gave credence to the opposition's presentation, led by Ibarra, to cancel the elections as a result of inconsistencies in the club's electoral roll.
Suspicion over Membership Conversion
The judiciary referred to a process where nearly 13,000 members transitioned from affiliates to active in 2021. In the days leading up to the Boca Juniors elections, Judge Abrebaya found 'irregularities and anomalies in the membership roll', leading to the halt of the electoral process scheduled for December 3.
Macri's Direct Appeal to Riquelme
Macri, who is part of the opposition formula with Andrés Ibarra, directly addressed Riquelme, "We have the opportunity to end the many lies you are spreading. If you genuinely want a transparent election, remove those gentlemen who were admitted when they shouldn't have been."
Andrés Ibarra on the Suspension
Andrés Ibarra, the presidential candidate for Boca, held a press conference at the Libertador Hotel following the suspension of the Sunday elections. Without the presence of his vice-presidential candidate Macri, the former Minister of Modernization kicked off the conference clearly expressing his intention to vote on Sunday, "We want to vote on December 3. That's our objective. We have prepared ourselves with a world-class platform to give Boca members what they deserve. We are ready to compete in clear elections. We have no doubt about the institutionalism the club must have."