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Mexico’s Left-Wing Morena Party Fined for Holding Unauthorized Campaign Events

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 16, 2017, 2:16 pm
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The ruling of the Electoral Tribunal of the State of Mexico is in response to a complaint by the PRI (party) in 2016 about the image that Gomez  projected beyond regulatory time and manner. (Facebook)

EspañolMexico’s left-wing party has been fined US $611,000 for holding unauthorized campaign events.

The country’s Electoral Tribunal fined the National Regeneration Movement — known widely in the country as “Morena” — because its candidate for governor of the State of Mexico, Delfina Gómez, and Presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, held campaign events across 35 municipalities before the legal electoral calendar had technically started.

The fine serves as a resolution to a lawsuit filed by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party last July. According to PRI representatives, Gómez advertised her image on several billboards, which should be interpreted as campaigning.

 

“Delfina Gómez Álvarez’s position (as candidate) was presented to the electorate of the State of Mexico and as a consequence, violated the principle of fairness in the contest, to the detriment of other contenders,” the Electoral Tribunal said in its ruling.

Morena, on the other hand, said it is planning to call for an annulment of the governor’s election in five districts in the State of Mexico for the “flagrant violation of the principle of free and authentic elections.”

Source: Animal Político

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

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