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Mexican Presidential Votes Recounted

Mexican Presidential Votes Recounted

 

On Sunday Mexicans cast their votes for the new president. It appeared that Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Enrique Peña Nieto would win with about 39 percent of the votes in his favor by the end of Sunday. Leftist opponent Andres Manuel López Obrador followed behind at about 32 percent of the vote.

Even with the strong numbers, over half of the ballot boxes used throughout the country will be reopened this week to allow election officials to recount those ballots. The BBC reports that under Mexican law, votes can be recounted under very specific conditions. These conditions include:

-Inconsistencies with the final tally reports

-The result shows a difference of one percentage point or less between the first and second-placed candidate

-All the votes in one ballot box are cast in favour of the same candidate.

Officials stated that these conditions were met for over 50 percent of the polling stations in the country. It appears that some ballots showed signs of inconsistencies, such as hard-to-read writing.

The recount will not include all of the votes throughout the country, contrary to leftist opponent López Obrador’s demands that all the votes be recounted due to fraudulent election practices. This same leftist politician also demanded a recount after current president, Felipe Calderon, won his seat back in 2006 by a half percentage point.

The calls for vote recounts caused massive tension in the country in 2006. Reuters points out that López Obrador called on supporters to protest the election results of that year choking the streets of Mexico City for days.

This year’s elections have also been marked by tensions from a variety of groups. While López Obrador has accused Peña Nieto of buying votes and unfairly slanting Mexican media to favor his platform, a Mexican student movement has also been very vocal in opposing Peña Nieto.

In the massive student protests held in Mexico City in May, marchers demanded a reform in election practices, stating that Peña Nieto was buying off the media in his favor. López Obrador and the student movement, some of which gathered around the leftist’s message, also accused Peña Nieto of buying votes with pre-paid shopping cards.

Though the PRI candidate has denied the accusations, AFP reporter Carlos Hamann notes that, “Voters in the presidential and legislative elections Sunday allegedly showed PRI officials cell phone pictures of their paper ballot to ‘prove’ they voted for the PRI, and received gift cards in return.” Some local Soriana chain stores were choked with high traffic and two of these stores were forced to close down after a rush of customers flooded them with these pre-paid cards.

Peña Nieto has continued to deny such vote-buying claims. Election officials hope to have the final recount completed as soon as Thursday. Many citizens worry that López Obrador’s insistence on a recount will only bring about more unrest like 2006 and drag out an uncomfortable election process that have left many leftists and protesters disheartened.

 

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6:21PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Oh please, another fixed election. There is no hope. The people of the world are screwed.

6:13PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Smart guy .We should have all our votes counted and all votes should be PAPER BALLOTS . Diebold machines can be easily hacked by a cheap widget from a place as Radio Shack .
Does your vote count ?
Make it PAPER !

8:02AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

But the US votes never will be recounted.

8:00AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

hi
although democracy is a long and stormy road, we mexicans are trying to build one. there have been failures and corruption, but only one third favours andres manuel lopez obrador. the other two thirds of population and voters want some others to rule us the next six years.
there is a lot of work to do: jobs, ecology, fight corruption and all kinds of gangs, and gender justice. let us work together for peace and justice.
thank you for reading

7:01AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

We all know in Mexico that votes are forced by threatening people or rewarding people before or after the fact. That's pretty much the PRI's style. That is why they are not recounting all the ballots.

They shouldn't just count the ballots. They should make businesses like Soriana disclose who bought those many gift cards.

6:06AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

evidence of corruption always affects the trust people have in elected leaders--whether concerns prove warranted or not

5:00AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thanks

12:17AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:22PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

People in every country need honorable leaders.... Men and women of integrity and decency...fair minded and contemplative of which action would be of the most benefit and least harm... I don't have much affection for politics..seems like it brings out the worst in people....

6:54PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thanks

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