- Posted July 6, 2012 by
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Elecciones presidenciales en México
Fraud in Mexican Elections
institutions, such as the Instituto Federal Electoral ( IFE ), and several functionaries call “a
clean as expected” election is completely false; the virtual winner of the election, candidate
for the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), Mr Enrique PEÑA NIETO, broke different laws
that the very IFE set for this elections.
An example of a broken electoral law is Mr PEÑA’s campaign. He clearly overpassed the
maximum expenditure set in $167,260,766.68 MXN (approximately $12.5 million USD), by
the IFE. The excessive amount of billboards, TV and radio commercials, videos of PRI staff
handing out from t-shirts to stoves to $1,500.00 MXN in cash (approximately $110 USD) and
last but not least, gift/grocery cards for both SORIANA and AURRERA super markets, are an
easy tell on how the party spared no expense in securing votes for its candidate. Two
Soriana stores were closed on Monday after receiving an unprecedented attendance, all of
the shoppers ready with their cards, some of them with no money at all.
Based on the media exposure the candidate received since his triumph as Mexico’s state
governor, suspicion also rises on the amount of time TV companies like TELEVISA and
MILENIO, and editorial groups like the Organización Editorial Mexicana, gave him. The
Guardian recently posted that it was TELEVISA who gave Mr PEÑA NIETO a “soap-opera”
image to position him well among its viewers, even marrying him to actress Angélica RIVERA
on November 27, 2010 and following each one of their moves ever since.
Back on the IFE and their diligences, the Preliminary Electoral Results Program (PREP in its
Spanish acronym) showed inconsistencies too. Districts with more than 100 % of votes
counted, citizens sending pictures of their district results with clear numbers and the PREP
reporting them as unreadable, and actuary studies delivered to Mr Andrés LOPEZ OBRADOR,
candidate for the Party of the Democratic Revolution ( PRD ) that show that the tendency of
the PREP’s real time reports ( updated every 5 minutes ) are statistically impossible.
It is also important to bring up that Mr Leonardo VALDEZ ZURITA, President Chancellor of the
IFE, pushing, on the night of the election, his 23:45 speech to 23:15, declaring that the quick