Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021. 1:57 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Today, 95 million registered voters in Mexico head to the polls for the largest election in the country’s history, according to CNN.
Voters will choose candidates for over 21,000 elected posts at all levels of government, including governors for the country’s 32 states, and all 500 members of the Lower House of Congress, as well as state legislatures.
Voting stations opened at 8 a.m. and will close at 6 p.m. with the count starting shortly after the polls close. Preliminary results are expected by Monday; however, the final results won’t be officially certified until August 23. The elections take place during a difficult time for Mexico with respect to the country’s COVID-19 situation, and voters are being asked to wear masks, social distance, and are being encouraged to bring their own pens when they come out to vote.
The elections also come at a time where organized crime has played an increasing role in Mexican politics, with cartels launching attacks on opposing candidates, to assist their favored candidate to victory. Since September 2020, 35 candidates have been killed, according to the consultancy service Etellekt Consultores. The number of casualties reportedly goes up to 89 if political aides, workers, and campaign officials, are added in.
CNN reports that the election is a crucial one for Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who needs to maintain a political supermajority to continue his campaign which he has dubbed the country’s “fourth transformation.”
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