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After a 14-month wait, the Mexican Congress on Thursday voted in three new Federal Electoral Institute. The organization running the July 1 presidential election now will have the nine counselors it is supposed to have.
The new IFE members are Lorenzo Córdova, María Marván Laborde and Judge Sergio García Ramírez. They are to serve into 2019.
It certainly looks like the legislature selected three impartial candidates, despite Judge Sergio García Ramírez's long association with the PRI. María Marván Laborde also once was technical secretary of the PAN bloc in the Jalisco state legislature. Columnist Leo Zuckermann writes that it is no secret that Córdova is from the left.
The vote was long held up because the Institutional Revolutionary Party wanted to name two of the counselors, and the National Action Party, Democratic Revolution Party and others did not want the PRI to name two more. The vote was 385 in favor with seven abstentions, from the Workers Party.
Sergio García Ramírez is a law professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and judge who served on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He is a PRI member who lost out to Carlos Salinas for the 1988 PRI presidential nomination. In fact, a radio station mistakenly named him as the PRI candidate. He has served as attorney general as secretary-general of the PRI.
Lorenzo Córdova teaches law at the Autonomous National University of Mexico. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Turin.
Update, Dec. 16: Columnist Leo Zuckermann provides more background on the new IFE members, and concludes:
"I celbrate that the legislators have left to one side the naming of partisans as IFE counselors and have returned to the idea of designating professionals with good reputations.