- Elections in Mexico: Violence marks electoral day in Tijuana.
- Man throws human head at a voting station.
- The authorities have not found the person responsible.
The elections in Mexico have been marked by violence, as reported by various news media in that country. El universal reported that a human head was thrown at a voting station in the city of Tijuana in the framework of the elections to renew the governorship.
The events happened at the voting station located in the Terrazas Del Valle subdivision, this Sunday morning during election day. At around 9:00 in the morning, while citizens went to vote, a man threw a white and green box that contained a human head inside.
Elections in Mexico: They leave a human head in the polling place
According to the first versions, the severed head was left in box 1440, located on Hacienda Las Palmeras street, where agents of the Municipal Police came to cordon off the area. As reported by the newspaper The debate, the person responsible for throwing the head in the box was passing through the place, it was not specified whether he was aboard a vehicle or walking, left the part of the body in the box and continued on his way, the authorities have not located him.
On the other hand, EFE reported that this Sunday’s midterm elections, considered the largest in the history of Mexico, are progressing with “normality” and it is only estimated that 14 polling stations of the more than 162,000 will not be able to be installed, said the President of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Lorenzo Córdova.
Elections Mexico: They install polls properly
“81.3% of the 162,570 boxes programmed are confirmed to have been properly installed. In the same way, we have the report that 14 polling stations will not be installed, which represents only 0.009% of the total, ”Córdova reported in a message issued shortly after 12.00 local time (17.00 GMT).
The report and verification of the installation of the rest of the boxes is expected in the next few hours, the INE informed Efe. For this reason, the head of the INE assured that “elections are being held normally in all the states of the Republic.”
Elections Mexico: The largest day in the history of Mexico
The presiding counselor recalled that this Sunday, June 6, Mexico is experiencing the “largest election day in the history of our democracy. “More than 93.5 million citizens have the opportunity to influence the future of our country through voting,” he stressed.
He indicated that the 300 district councils and 32 local councils of the INE had already been installed, which will follow up on the contest. “To get here, various technical and political challenges have had to be overcome,” said Córdova.
Elections Mexico: Highlights the importance of voting
She indicated that on election day not only is the Chamber of Deputies renewed, but that “the vote is being vindicated as the best way to defend democracy as the regime that we Mexicans have built for our social and political coexistence.” .
For this reason, he invited to vote “peacefully” until the closing of polling stations that will take place from 6:00 p.m. local time (23:00 GMT). He assured that the INE has had “protocols and sanitary measures so that going to the polls is a free experience in democratic terms and also free from contagions.”
Elections Mexico: They vote for deputies, governors, local congresses and city councils
“Let us honor the struggles of several generations of Mexican men and women by freely exercising our suffrage,” he concluded. This June 6, more than 93 million Mexicans are called to the polls to renew the Chamber of Deputies, 15 of 32 governors, 30 local congresses and more than 1,900 city councils in the largest elections in the history of Mexico.
The elections have been stained with blood by violence and organized crime, with at least 91 politicians assassinated since September, 36 of whom were candidates. The elections have also been clouded by violence, an example is the human head that was thrown in a polling place in Tijuana.
“Long live democracy,” says López Obrador
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, cast his vote in the midterm elections on June 6, considered the largest in the history of Mexico by the number of positions up for election, according to the news agency EFE.
Accompanied by his wife, Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, the president left the National Palace and went to the electoral college that was on Moneda street, just a few meters from the headquarters of the Executive and his own residence.
He leaves early to cast his vote
The president, who wore a mask as governed by the regulations for the coronavirus pandemic, cast the vote with a few minutes to go to 9:00 local time (14:00 GMT). “Long live democracy,” he said as soon as he voted, before polling officials marked his voter ID and painted his right thumb in indelible ink.
When leaving the electoral college, López Obrador raised his right hand and showed his thumb painted with this ink, which proves that he already participated in the elections and shouted again “Long live democracy!” vote.
Elections marked by violence
In elections marked by murders and acts of violence against politicians, more than 93 million Mexicans are called to renew the Chamber of Deputies, 15 governors, 30 local congresses and thousands of city councils, for which almost 163,000 polling stations will be installed o polling stations.
There are around 19,000 electoral observers and some 559 foreign visitors from missions such as the Organization of American States (OAS) or the Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean (Copppal).
What is at stake
In these elections, it is also at stake if López Obrador’s party, the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), manages to retain the absolute majority in the Chamber of Deputies to continue with its plan of reforms and transformation of the country, which will determine the second part of his six-year term.
On the other hand, the El Universal agency reported that after two hours of having installed the six polling stations in the Zapotec population of Santa María Mixtequilla, a group of citizens annoyed by various incidents such as the hauling of people and buying votes, took the polls and they burned the ballots, which caused the suspension of the elections.
According to the statement of the candidate of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), Juan Carlos García, it was all citizens who carried out the burning of ballots due to the annoyance of coercion of the vote by Morena’s candidate, Uriel Bautista Vásquez, who seeks his re-election as president municipal.
In another event, just a few meters from box 2895, located in Paseos del Bosque number 2 in the Del Valle neighborhood of Naucalpan, a grenade allegedly made of smoke was thrown, for which the vote was interrupted for several minutes while security forces they made sure there were no injuries or danger.
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