After having received the elected Mayor of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, Geraldine Ponce, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, began a tour of the State and declined to speak about the consultation held this Sunday throughout the country.
The man from Tabasco was approached on his way out of a hotel in this town, where he spent the night after yesterday concluding a tour in the neighboring state of Sinaloa.
Any balance of the consultation, today, President? She was asked.
“No, I’m not into it. Now I am going to the mountains … we are going to the Sierra de Nayarit “, He said.
Ponce arrived around 9:00 a.m. and left an hour later, almost at the same time as the President.
Did you have breakfast? He was asked.
“Eh, well, hehehe. We talk, we talk ”, he pointed.
Ponce, who won the mayoralty for Morena, gave the President a hat with Huichol crafts.
“(We discussed) the importance of working without corruption, with honesty, with transparency, of doing social justice because, especially Tepic, needs it, there is a historical lag, not only in public works, in infrastructure, in services, but also politically and socially and in that we have to work fully to dignify the politics of our Country ”, referred.
Little influx to the boxes
The National Electoral Institute (INE) of Mexico reported this Sunday that they opened the 99.8% of the polling stations of the consultation to prosecute former Mexican presidents, but at part-time there is little influx in the polling stations.
“At the cut of 13.55 (18.55 GMT), 56,958 receiving tables are reported as installed, which represents a percentage of 99.8% with respect to those approved. Eight were not installed: four in Chiapas, two in Veracruz, one in Baja California and one in Nuevo León “informed the electoral authority in a message to the media.
Schools will begin to close at 6:00 p.m. local time (23:00 GMT) in the center of the country, where the capital is located, and the INE is expected to release a first projection of participation and results starting at 9:00 p.m. local time (02:00 GMT). of Monday).
More than 93 million Mexicans are called to the polls to vote in the popular consultation called by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the first to be held at the federal level in the history of Mexico.
For its result to be binding, the participation of the 40% of the census, that is about 37 million voters.
However, the arrival of people to the polling stations is slow, unlike the long lines that were registered in the midterm elections on June 6, which had a historical participation of 53%.
During the day, the official National Regeneration Movement (Morena), promoter of the process, and the INE, in charge of organizing and disseminating the consultation, reproaches were exchanged.
The leader of Morena said that the electoral authority “It is not up to scratch” and criticized that there were only 57,000 tables, a third of those in the last elections.
For his part, the president of the INE, Lorenzo Córdova, denounced the “lies” of the ruling party, and recalled that if there were no more tables it is because the Congress, with a majority of Morena, did not give him more resources.
Initially, the consultation proposed to prosecute the former presidents Carlos Salinas de Gortari (1988-1994), Ernesto Zedillo (1994-2000), Vicente Fox (2000-2006), Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) for corruption, electoral fraud and the war against drug trafficking, among other evils.
But the Supreme Court modified the question to preserve the presumption of innocence and left a very open statement that asks Mexicans if they want to “undertake a process of clarifying the political decisions taken in past years.”
López Obrador, who is on tour outside the capital, called and promoted the consultation, but will not vote because he has assured that his “strong suit is not revenge.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.