The MUD started to request the recall referendum by mid April, when they should have done it since January if they wanted to have it held in 2016
The MUD (Democratic Unity Roundtable) started to request the recall referendum by mid April, when they should have done it since January if they wanted to have it held in 2016. As stated by Resolution No.070906-2770 of the National Electoral Council which regulates this process, the period for the process of instalation should last from 260 days to eight months, and can be extended if the signature collection is contested. This happened with the signature collection of one percent of the voter lists in July (first step): the CNE auditing and verification received 1 900 000 signatures from the MUD out of the 197 000 needed, but the lists were full of names of deceased people, convicts and underage, among other anomalies.
The date for the signature collection was already approved by 20% of the voter lists, by late October (second step). But, if the needed amount of signatures is collected, the CNE will have 20 working days to verify. Later it has three more days to declare the legitimacy or not of the referendum. If it is legitimate, there will be a 90 day-period, as stipulated, which will set the definitive electoral process for the first trimester of 2017. There are provisions for all these periods.