Committee Name: Coalition of Parties for NO, 1988
Undersecretary-General: Jose Villalobos Gonzalez
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Julie Antão
Chair and Crisis Manager: Pedro Rosario and Delfin Mendez
Topic A: The Campaign Strategy
Topic B: Ensuring Fairness and Mitigating Election Fraud
Topic C: The Aftermath — Reforming and Restructuring Chile
Access the Topic Abstract for this committee here.
**This is a bilingual committee in English and Spanish.**
A Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the Coalition of Parties for NO, an alliance meant to topple the 16-year dictatorship of Pinochet. The Christian Democratic Party, the Socialist Party, the Party for Democracy, among others, have all come together in order to establish an efficient strategy that will carry the “NO” vote to victory in the upcoming plebiscite. The members of this coalition are tasked with creating convincing and persuasive propaganda that will defeat the “YES” vote by a large margin. They must utilize all resources available to them in order to win. Even though Pinochet legalized opposition parties in 1987, members of this coalition face an uphill battle, as their influence in government is slim to none. Which means that the Pinochet government has the upper hand with its use of the mass media. Delegates are tasked with using creative means to distribute their message and forcing the government to open up the mass media to the opposition in order to have fair elections.
Additionally, members of this coalition must understand that if they win, they will be in charge of creating the new government of Chile. Delegates must understand the people’s needs and concern during this time in order to create an efficient and responsive government. Furthermore, the creation of new institutions is necessary for there to be rule of law and an accountable government. Delegates must therefore ask themselves what means must be implemented for there to be a system of “checks and balances?” In other words, how will power be distributed in order to prevent the rise of another dictator?
These are just some of the challenges that members of this coalition will face throughout their weekend at NAIMUN. I except a fun and exciting environment filled with intense debate and plausible solutions to the problems at hand. I can’t wait to meet you all; we’ll have a great time.
Pedro Juan Rosario Cintrón
Chair, Coalition of Parties for NO