Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Mexican Electoral Fraud Wins

Felipe Calderón is President Elect.

"...Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
Where justice is a game.
Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise..."

Bob Dylan

Mexican general election 2006 controversies

Wikipedia Current event

The results of the Mexican general election of July 2, 2006, were controversial and contested. According to Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), the initial "Quick Count" was too close to call and when the "Official Count" was complete, Felipe Calderón of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) had won by a difference of 243,934 votes (or 0.58%). The runner-up, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the left-of-center Alliance for the Good of All (PRD, PT, Convergence), immediately challenged the results and has led massive marches, protests, and acts of civil disobedience in Mexico City. On August 9, while protests continued to expand, a partial recount was undertaken by election officials after being ordered to do so by the country's Federal Electoral Court (TEPJF); the court found "sufficient evidence of reported irregularities at about nine per cent of the polling stations."[1]
Nevertheless, the same court, after having made a partial recount, decided that the election was fair and ruled that Felipe Calderón is President Elect.

More than 800 photographs of the rallies that have been attended by millions of participants in the past weeks in Mexico City can be seen at the following locations:

[07 30 2006]Third Assembly
[07 16 2006]Second Assembly
[07 08 2006]First Assembly

Friday, September 01, 2006

Mexican Electoral Fraud Wins

It was no surprise on that the partial recount of about a "Cherrypicked" 9% of the ballots cast in the disputed presidential election held on July 2 showed ruling National Action Party (PAN) candidate still the winner.

The Mexico's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (aka "Trife") ignored the need for a total ballot recount demanded and instead relied on the small partial one it chose in areas of known Calderon strength making it unlikely from the start it would find enough of a change in the final tally to change the election result. Lopez Obrador aides cited evidence of overwhelming fraud in at least one-third of the polling stations.

So TRIFE invented a "decision" ignoring the juggernaut of facts, audio and video evidence, and public outrage. It shows Trife illegitimate, corrupt, and partisan as well.

Mexico’s Election Fraud is winning

Monday, August 28, 2006

Was the Mexican Election Stolen? Questions Raised Over Results From Preliminary Recount

Mark Weisbrot, co-director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. Democracynow.org

MARK WEISBROT: ... But either way, that's a lot, and it's clearly going only one way. In other words, the recount showed that only one side had votes that were thrown out in the partial recount. Again, another very big reason to do a full recount and another reason, I think, why they're not releasing the results, because if everybody got to see the results of this partial recount, they might be forced -- they might have public pressure to do a full recount....

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Greg Palast talks about the elections in Mexico


Palast, who has led investigations for government on three continents, is among the Top Ten journalists in the world
“The greatest investigative reporter of our time” - Tribune magazine

By Franc Contreras BBC News, Mexico City

...Some have called outgoing president Vicente Fox a "traitor to democracy", allowing his party's candidate, Felipe Calderon, to win. The row highlights the cynicism most Mexicans feel towards their politicians and institutions.
One woman in the crowd told me, "What do we have to lose by being here? Our pay checks barely allow us to pay the rent and keep our children fed and clothed."...

Friday, August 18, 2006

Video: Legislators injured in police assault

Mexican riot police used tear gas and clubs to drive back legislators and supporters in a pacific protest over electoral fraud outside Mexican Congress on Monday (August 14)

URL Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgehkQBJDxI

The fraud that took place in the July 2 election appears to have been widespread and varied in its forms. Ballot boxes from PRD strongholds have been found in a rubbish dump and electoral officials have been caught burning ballots. Numerous anomalies in the tallying of the votes have been pointed out, and suspicion has fallen on the software used by the IFE
The complaint the PRD submitted to the IFE presented evidence of fraud taking place at around 72,000 of the 130,000 polling places. Lopez Obrador demanded that the IFE order a complete recount of the vote.

Protests have taken place around the country. The largest have been in Mexico City, growing from around half a million on July 8, to a million on July 16 and possibly more than 2 million on July 30.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Legislators injured in police assault

Mexican riot police used tear gas and clubs to drive back legislators and supporters in a pacific protest outside Mexican Congress on Monday in the first violent clash over a fiercely contested presidential election.

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  • "They hit us all, they fired gas at us. I still haven't recovered from the tear gas," Elias Moreno, a senator of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD.

    Monday, August 14, 2006

    1,621,187  votes without sustain

    The coalition led by the Democratic Revolution Party, which supports Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has officially demanded a full accounting on 72,197 polling stations, representing 55.33% of the polling stations nationwide.  This demand is based on findings of various inconsistencies and arithmetic mistakes in the Presidential Election tally sheets.  According to the Coalition, these tally sheets contain 1,621,187  votes without sustain, distributed as shown below:


    The number of votes at stake is almost seven times the officially reported difference between the National Action candidate and the Coalition candidate (almost 244,000 votes).  This should be a good enough reason for the Electoral Tribunal to approve a nationwide recount.

    An aproximate calculation of the number of votes received in these 72,197 polling stations can be made, based on the average values for the Presidential Election reported by the Federal Electoral Institute.  According to FEI, the average number of voters per polling station was 547 (71,374,373 voters distributed among 130,488 authorized polling stations).  The nationwide average of attendance was 58.55%.  Based on these figures, around 23,122,425 votes were received in the polling places whose tally sheets contain arithmethic mistakes. On the other hand, the Electoral Tribunal has hitherto authorized only the recount of ballots in 9.07% of the polling stations, that is 11,389 of them, accounting for 3,791,658 votes only.

    Under these circumstances it is absolutely legitimate to demand a full accounting of the Presidential Election, as has been shown in several polls, with up to 72% of the participants supporting this demand, not to mention the more than 2 million people who attended the massive rally on July 30 in Mexico City, and the ones promoting the full recount both in other mexican cities and abroad.

    Mexico has beefed up security at Mexico City airport, power plants and oil refineries in case the leftist protests spin out of control. The court has to decide by September 6 who is the definitive winner of the vote, which split Mexico along class lines

    We need the goodwill and support of the international community.
    Full data nationwide (spanish)