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Three weeks ago the NYT said in an editorial that Obrador's demands for a full recount were legitimate and called on the US government to call for one as well

A recount in Mexico
NYT editorial July 7
Mexico used to be a global leader in election fraud. In 1988, when early results showed that a challenger to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party was ahead, the government announced that its vote-counting computer system had mysteriously broken down. It later released a count showing a narrow victory for the incumbent party. What happened on Sunday is a far cry from those bad old days. The Federal Election Institute is one of Mexico's best-functioning institutions, and although it has been widely criticized for aspects of how it has handled this election, there have been no credible allegations of organized widespread fraud.

But there are enough problems to warrant a complete recount. Some polling stations that have recounted their ballots have found that the votes were misrecorded on tally sheets. The earlier discrepancies appeared to largely favor Mr. Calderón, in at least one case mistakenly awarding him hundreds of extra votes. The I.F.E. cannot legally order a recount of the entire presidential election. But the Federal Election Tribunal, an independent panel created to handle these kinds of disputes, could. In previous races, it has even gone so far as to call new elections in the states of Tabasco and Colima.

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by MarekNYC on Mon Jul 31st, 2006 at 02:12:19 AM EST

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