Mexico presidential challenger files criminal complaint against election commission

[JURIST] Mexican leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website] filed a criminal complaint against the Federal Electoral Institute [official website] Tuesday, alleging that it should have blocked campaign ads funded by private companies that he alleges broke election regulations. Obrador has claimed that the commercials contained subliminal messages [JURIST report].

Obrador lost the July 2 presidential election [JURIST report] by 0.6 percent of the vote to conservative Felipe Calderon [campaign website] and has filed 225 charges of election fraud [JURIST report] with Mexico's Federal Election Tribunal (TRIFE) [official website] to force a manual recount of the votes. Last week, Obrador supporters called for "peaceful civil resistance" [JURIST report] to protest the results, while the Mexican government has urged respect for the law [JURIST report] as TRIFE continues to evaluate the results of the elections. BBC News has more.



 

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