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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Former IFE official analyzes the election

Jose Woldenberg lauds turnout, decries vote buying and López Obrador's non-recognition of the results

Former Federal Electoral Insitute President José Woldenberg, who oversaw the 2000 jose woldenberg election that ousted the Institutional Revolutionary Party from power, calls vote buying and vote coercion "the bean in the rice" and laments that Mexico's poverty still makes this possible. Still, he said he thought the IFE had done a lot to mitigate this problem by not allowing other adults to accompany a voter into the curtained voting booth.

While noting that the presidential race was closer than most polls predicted, he said a larger problem than vote buying was that the results are not accepted by the second-place finisher. Woldenberg said that although Andrés Manuel López Obrador won 15.5 million votes, does it not mean anything to his followers that he only won eight states while winning 16 six years ago? Does it not mean anything that López Obrador's coalition did not win a single directly elected seat for the Chamber of Deputies in 22 states and only won Senate seats in six states?
Update, July 8: Make that seven states, as leftist coalition candidate Marco Antonio Blásquez finishes second in Baja California Senate race by 194 votes. Story.

Woldenberg indicated that he thought it was good that the Institutional Revolutionary Party did not get the congressional majority it expected, saying this will force Mexico's parties to listen to each other.

He lauded the 63.14% turnout, up from 58.55% in 2006 and only slightly below the 63.97% turnout in 2000.

He concluded by saying that anything that can be done to make elections more transparent would be welcome.