UNDER RESERVE: Córdova got his arm tiwsted

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Lorenzo Córdova, head of National Elecotral Institute - Photo: Luis Cortes/EL UNIVERSAL
04/06/2017
10:06
Mexico City
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Córdova got his arm twisted

Very formally, the 11 Councilors of the National Electoral Institute (INE), led by Lorenzo Córdova, had ruled out last Friday the need to hold a presidential election follow up on the elections in four states, the State of Mexico, Coahuila, Nayarit and Veracruz this Sunday, and thus leave the task to the state organs. However, they tell us, there were pressures from conservative National Action Party (PAN), left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and far-left National regeneration Party (MORENA), who didn't have another option rather than to twist Mr. Lorenzo's arm, who had to call the general council to session this morning. We are told that the INE is responsible for operating the Election Day Development Monitoring System, which will allow first-hand progress of the installed polling stations, the names of the officers of the polling stations, representatives of political parties who are present and, of course, incidents. The objective of the parties is that the INE makes all this information available. But, the electoral councilors want to leave this task to the Local Public Organisms, to respect the state autonomies. Will they twist their arms again to get this information in advance?

Eye on elections in municipalities

Tlatlaya, Tejupilco, Amatepec, State of Mexico; Salitllo, Coahuila, and Catemaco, Chicontepec and Tepetizintla, Veracruz, are the municipalities that are under the spotlight of state and federal authorities for the elections this Sunday. We are told that another alert zone is the area between the State of Mexico and Guerrero, where organized crime has operating margins. The municipalities of Veracruz are also a special case for the presence of organized crime, mainly the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel and a portion of the Zetas. We are told that efforts will be strengthened so that citizens can go out and vote freely since it's a right that cannot be broken and even less when people are deciding who governs them. From the Ministry of the Interior, headed by Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, there is intense monitoring, so we are told.

Left bunker

We are told that the left parties will have their campaign bunker in Toluca to defend the vote. Both, Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and far-left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), have rented spaces in hotels near the facilities of the Electoral Institute of the State of Mexico (IEEM), to have first-hand information about the incidences of the election day. We are told that the national leaders of both parties will have their base of operations in the state capital and that they will send delegates to observe this Sunday's elections in Coahuila, Nayarit and Veracruz. All ready!

Little by little, Borge case

As soon as Sunday's election is over, the National Justice Commission of ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is going to work to determine whether or not the expulsion of former governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge, who has his rights suspended as a militant of said party and is under investigation by the Attorney General's Office for the sale of beach properties at very low prices to his relatives, is pertinent. We are told that the leadership of the party, headed by Enrique Ochoa Reza, was only waiting for the elections on June 4 to pass to take action on the matter. We'll see if the file of another former state governor stains the party.

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