Mexico presidential candidate alleges additional voting fraud

[JURIST] Mexican leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [Wikipedia profile], who officially lost the July 2 presidential election [JURIST report] by .6 percent of the vote, on Thursday presented new evidence for his claims of extensive fraud, showing reporters television ads by several consumer product companies allegedly containing subliminal messages supporting the campaign of election winner Felipe Calderon [Wikipedia profile], and accusing election officials - even some of his own poll workers - of manipulating vote counts. AP has more.

On Monday, Obrador filed 225 charges of election fraud [JURIST report] with Mexico's Federal Election Tribunal (TRIFE) [official website] in a bid to force a manual recount of the votes. Though Obrador did not move for the results to be voided, the election court has the authority to annul the elections. The Federal Electoral Institute [official website, in Spanish] last week validated Calderon's victory, and TRIFE has until September 6 to name the election winner.



 

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