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Mexico’s Opposition Parties Request International Oversight of 2018 Presidential Election after Controversial Regional Races

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 19, 2017, 11:31 am
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President of Mexico’s National Action Party (PAN) Ricardo Anaya and leader of the Social Democratic Party met this Sunday with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to request that the organization observe the 2018 presidential election. (Twitter)

EspañolSome parties with candidates in Mexico’s 2018 presidential election want objective, international oversight of the electoral process, and have turned to the Organization of American States in hopes of getting it.

President of Mexico’s National Action Party (PAN) Ricardo Anaya and leader of the Social Democratic Party met this Sunday with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to request that the organization observe the 2018 presidential election.

Anaya expressed concern over “undemocratic practices” that were observed in the recent gubernatorial elections in the state of Coahuila — during which officials questioned the legitimacy of the incumbent Institutional Revolutionary Party’s win — and claimed something similar could take place nationwide come 2018.

 

The multiple serious irregularities that allegedly occurred during the electoral process in Coahuila also contributed to PAN’s decision to request OAS oversight. A space for dialogue was reportedly agreed upon in order to inform the organization about how the situation could be dealt with.

National leadership for the Social Democrats asked Almagro to issue a statement about violence in Mexico — another driving factor in its decision to request international oversight. The party reportedly feels that the country’s violence could threaten voters’ constitutional rights.

Tweet: Today we hosted OAS Seceretary General Almagro, we addressed issues on the OAS assembly and Human Rights.

Like PAN, the Social Democrats also asked the organization to observe the next presidential elections in order to “prevent a state election that manipulates the popular will, as happened in the State of Mexico.”

The party has had doubts about the three-point advantage PRI candidate Alfredo del Mazo holds over Delfina Gomez, of the leftist party Morena.

In order to prevent electoral manipulation, the party asked the OAS “to set up observer missions throughout the electoral process, and not just on election day, so as to avoid practices that condition voting.”

Source: El Universal

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

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

Venezuela’s Opposition Should Approach Unruly Attorney General with Caution

By: Guest Contributor - Jun 19, 2017, 10:15 am
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By Jorge Redmond Schlageter EspañolWith no response to the problems it has created, the Venezuelan government is slowly deteriorating. The Bolivarian Revolution is facing the harsh reality that its official party is fracturing amid talks of ransacking the public treasury at the expense of the quality of life of the country's citizens. The Bolivarian National Guard, once the keeper of public order, is today another vivid example of the government’s dedication to corruption and disregard for human rights. It has repeatedly and consistently participated in the cruel and excessive repression of the people's constitutional right to protest peacefully. The military’s deafening silence in response to the government’s abuse of power is shocking. Certain members of the high command must be satisfying private interests that include, among other dubious activities, international drug trafficking. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The political opposition has managed to open the door for a unified social opposition, which itself has not yet resulted in any unified political message able to facilitate the ousting of dictator Nicolás Maduro and his regime, let alone the creation of a new Electoral Council, a new Supreme Court or for presidential, gubernatorial and mayoral elections nationwide. Read More: Reporters in Venezuela’s Protests Face Brutal Repression from Dictatorship Read More: PC Campus Culture Run Amok: The World Needs More Bret Weinsteins Amid all this activity, the Attorney General has abandoned the regime and positioned herself in defense of the constitution and the legal system. In any normal country, that's precisely what her job description calls for. But it seems inexplicable that after 18 years assisting in dismantling the country's democratic system, she would suddenly want to jump ship to defend the “legacy of Chavez.” Any initiative that contributes to ridding the country of this government and opening the door for free and open elections should be welcomed, but with the caveat of staying alert to any hidden agenda. Let us not forget where she came from in this political system. These are difficult times for everyone, particularly those Venezuelans with limited resources. We cannot afford any mistakes. We must see the future with optimism but without wavering from maintaining a clear focus. Change will come, but it needs to be change that behooves us all. Jorge Redmond Schlageter is the Director of Chocolates El Rey, a Venezuelan chocolate company.

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