The candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Enrique Peña Nieto is the winner of the presidential election on July 1 in Mexico with 38.21% of the vote, said the Federal Electoral Institute after partial recount of ballots on Friday.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD, left), collects 31.59% of the votes, while Josefina Vazquez Mota’s National Action Party (right), the formation of the incumbent president Felipe Calderon, has obtained 25.41%.
These results were announced after a recount operation involving 78,012 of 143,000 ballot boxes used at the poll, because of inconsistencies discovered during the preliminary ballot count. Mr. Lopez Obrador refused to recognize the results, alleging fraud and vote buying by the PRI. He called for a full recount.
The suspicions of vote buying on a large scale are powered by the images of many customers who rushed into the supermarket chain Soriana, since the beginning of the week, to exchange prepaid gift cards that would have been offered by the PRI. Several customers have told reporters they had to give a photocopy of their voter registration card for a gift card. The PRI has denied any wrongdoing.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party (center-left) dominated Mexican politics for 70 years, from 1929 to 2000 before being ousted that year by the National Action Party (PAN, right), the formation of the President Outgoing President Felipe Calderon.
Some 79.4 million voters to the polls on July 1 to choose their president, 500 deputies of the lower house of Congress, 128 senators, and governors of six states and mayors of several cities, including Mexico. The president is elected for a non-renewable six-year, in an election in one round, a simple majority.
Throughout his campaign, Enrique Peña Nieto, 45, said to embody a new PRI, gives up his eves corrupt practices, electoral fraud, cronyism and authoritarian governance. “We are a new generation. There is no return to the past, “he said during his speech Sunday night.
The result of the presidential election must now be certified in September by the Federal Electoral Tribunal. This body has in the past refused to invalidate the challenged ballots, including the 2006 presidential election.
Narrowly defeated in 2006 by Felipe Calderon, Mr. López Obrador had then refused to concede defeat, alleging electoral fraud. He had organized massive demonstrations that had paralyzed the capital for several weeks which Mexico is a former mayor.
If Josefina Vazquez Mota, meanwhile, does not contest the election results from July 1, she asked the electoral commission “a detailed review of campaign spending which, obviously, have exceeded legal limits, which was also associated with vote buying “. According to the PAN’s candidate, “there was clear in this election inequities that had a decisive effect on the voting results.”