Re-election possible in State of Mexico

For the first time, local legislators and mayors will have the right to be re-elected
Voting booth with slogan “the vote is free and confidential” – File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
07/09/2017
11:00
Rebeca Jiménez Jacinto
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The electoral process of the State of Mexico to elect 125 municipality mayors and 45 local deputies began on September 6, and with it, the possibility of re-election in this State.

On Wednesday, the general council of the Electoral Institute of the State of Mexico (IEEM) held a meeting to launch the electoral process 2017-2018 after the constitutional amendment which allows re-elections for the first time, according to Horacio Jiménez López, expert on electoral right and representative of the Citizen's Movement party before the IEEM.

Out of the 125 municipality mayors in the State of Mexico, 83 are currently ruled by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), 18 by the conservative National Action Party (PAN), 16 by the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), while the far- left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) has only one municipality and the rest are governed by the Labour Party, the Citizen's Movement Party and the New Alliance Party.

Mayors and deputies aspiring to be re-elected need first to have their campaigns confirmed by their respective parties and then to step down from their position in February, to be able to participate in the preliminary campaigns, according to Horacio Jiménez.

Despite the above, the State of Mexico inhabitants “aren't ready to deal with re-elections in this electoral process, due to the remaining legal vacuums,” clarifies Mr. Jiménex, who also highlights the importance that the IEEM defines an electoral program and the basic rules for candidates looking to be re-elected.

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