Thursday, May 26

Low participation in the start of mega-elections in Mexico

Correspondent in Mexico City



The largest democracy day in the history of Mexican democracy, including the last 20 years of greater democratic flourishing, in which 93.5 million voters are called to the polls, according to the latest count by the National Electoral Institute, It has begun with the opening of the polling stations at eight in the morning. All in the middle of a pandemic that leaves Mexico as the fourth country with the most deaths by Covid-19 and together with a sharp drop in GDP, although surpassed by Spain.

21,000 elected officials, the renewed Chamber of Deputies and 15 state governorships envision the mammoth elections that have not managed to stop the pandemic, but that are seriously affected by being the most violent and with an estimated low participation in the opening of electoral colleges 50%. As a method to reduce the problems, the prohibition law has been expanded by 11 states, including Mexico City, which affects restaurants, canteens and commercial stores under fine.

500 federal deputies, of whom 450 were part in the previous legislature, are brought together by the two majority sides of ‘Going for Mexico’ and ‘Together we will make history’, 300 elected by the principle of relative majority and 200 thanks to proportional representation. The campaign and the subsequent vote They have been stained with blood in elections that leave 167 victims mortals with 782 assaults, 117 only in the state of Veracruz, breaking the record when AMLO rose to power.

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The violence in the elections has reached such a point that representative positions such as the Magistrate of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary, Janine M. Otálora, have verified that “a rule of law requires an end to impunity for these terrible crimes.” Asking for greater security in polling stations “and in every corner of the country.”

The president’s scale

The president arrives with an estimated approval of 59% in which 37% of those interviewed disapprove of the presidential work. The acceleration in vaccination together with the declarations as a method to favor an appeasement of the violence make up the president’s tactics for a massive call to the polls that would benefit him. In a political panorama with a disappeared opposition lacking an elected position that acts as a true counterweight to the Mexican leader.

In addition, 30 local congresses and 1,932 city councils will be chosen in the frenzy of Mexican democracy which is an ideal thermometer to measure the true popularity that could stop agglutinating more power.

AMLO concentrates the political dominance sponsored by the absence of a vice president since the Aztec country is devoid of this position since its eradication in the Constitution of 1917. It could only overshadow him Claudia Sheinbaum, governor of the CDMX, and faithful ally, or Marcelo Ebrard, Minister of Foreign Affairs, who has militated in three parties (the Greens, Democratic Center and the PRD already with López Obrador at the head) and politically touched since he was in charge of the works of Line 12 of the subway that ended up collapsing on May 4, leaving 25 dead and 79 injured.

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Against the institutions

The Mexican president and his foreign minister have spoken out on multiple occasions against the organizations that independently regulate the State. Andrés Manuel accused the INE of “an attack on democracy” when he suspended Salgado’s candidacy for governor of Guerrero. Subsequently, the National Electoral Institute (INE) has declared that on 29 occasions of its morning hours, the leader would have ruled on the electoral process, “Which affects the fairness and balance of the contest”. Lorenzo Córdova, president of the INE, has just pointed out that after nine months “and with various pressures” democracy is sweeping across the national territory, referring to the 94,800,000 Mexican voters who are called to the polls. By law, the president is called for political neutrality until the end of the elections, for which AMLO has been accused by the opposition for the unbridled use of his pulpit in Las Mañaneras.

Andrés Manuel has also meddled in the Judiciary with the provisional suspension that a judge issued regarding some articles of the recently approved Electricity Industry Law. In addition, the opposition came to denounce as unconstitutional the extension of two years agreed in the Senate, thanks to the majority of Morena, for the progressive president of the Supreme Court.

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