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***Mexico's Election Fraud: More Questions Raised

by XicanoPwr Wed Aug 16th, 2006 at 09:16:33 AM EST

Since Mexico's Electoral Tribunal (TEPJF) ordered a re-count of 9% of the nation's 130,000 precincts, evidence of election fraud continues to mount up. Nearly every Mexican polling station recounted either result with the original count of paper ballots being wrong, sealed packets have been tampered, and in one case, a whole polling station's ballots have disappeared.

The magnitude of the fraud is so evident that it can no longer be considered only as discrepancies because of human error. As of yesterday, over 130,000 votes have been found to be "altered."

From the front page ~ whataboutbob

The Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) is reporting that 60% of the 149 recount sites have revealed discrepancies between the numbers originally entered on the tally sheets and the true vote count. The magnitude of some of the irregularities goes beyond human error. In some precincts, ballot boxes that were to be sealed and locked up were found opened. In other precincts, the number of votes exceeded the number of ballots handed out. Errors of counting or procedure have turned up at thousands of precincts.

Translation provided by el cid's diary at dkos.
The coalition Por el Bien de Todos assured that in the recount of 4,238 ballot packets -- of which 6,566 had been counted through yesterday -- there exist 132,206 "altered" votes, not only because in a bit more than half of the polling stations there were found more votes recorded than paper ballots stored, but because the remainder had been removed [illegally accessed through the seal?].
The PRD reported that the 60% of the sealed ballot packets that are being recounted, more than 40,000 votes had surfaced, 60,000 ballots have mysteriously disappeared, and another 100,000 have been "significantly altered."

According to El Universal, in Durango, for example, officials opened one box only to find the ballot box empty.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador has also said that with all those errors that have been found in the partial recount of votes from the presidential election, the top electoral court will have to declare him president-elect.

However, Felipe Calderón, PAN, and the IFE all seem to be in a state of denial. PAN is claiming that the errors found are only minor and statistically on represents 25% not the 60% the PRD are claiming.

But Germán Martínez of the National Action Party (PAN) put the number of polling sites with altered vote counts at 25 percent. And those with errors involving five or more votes totaled only 3 percent, he said.

Duarte, who like Martínez is his party´s liaison to the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), said even his rival´s figures would be significant. "The PAN is saying that the changes aren´t important," Duarte told reporters Friday. "But we have to remember that the difference in the IFE vote count comes to only 1.8 votes per polling station."

On an interesting note, a small video by TV Ciudadana (Civic TV) could be found on YouTude showing a group of PANistas blocking the international observers from doing their job on observing the election process.

Interestingly, it was reported that international observers had described Mexico's electoral procedures and the work of the IFE as being exemplary.

The 25% spin from the PAN explains itself quite simply: they divided the number of tampered-with ballot packets (4,238) with that of all recounted pollking stations (c. 12,000)...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Aug 12th, 2006 at 06:09:17 PM EST
Oh, and we are talking about 2-2.5 million votes recounted so far, and 1-200,000 problematic ballots -- nearly every tenth vote!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Aug 12th, 2006 at 06:11:55 PM EST
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Thanks for the explaination where the 25% came from. It is funny what one can do with stats.

Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today. - Gandhi
by XicanoPwr (chicanopwr at gmail.com) on Sun Aug 13th, 2006 at 07:20:32 AM EST
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The AP article by Mark Stevenson  states AMLO now wants 4% of the polling places thrown out - no, not the ones where he won - just places where he didn't win!  If these were only thrown out, he would be the clear winner.   The recount apparently doesn't indicate enough gain for AMLO to claim a win, so what about a new election, that could be ordered by the tribunal. No, he doesn't want that either.

As far as election shenanigans go, how can anyone top the show going on in Mexico City.  Here in Tabasco the PRD occupied PRI Hq in Villahermosa this Thursday, Aug 10, where local election candidates were filling out last minute registration applications for  majoral elections in October.  They stole all the applications causing the PRI to scramble to meet the deadline.  This story was carried on local TV but not mentioned in the press coverage that I have seen.

Why does AMLO fear a new or run off election?  Signs of a PAN/PRI coalition started to be mentioned election day.  I saw articles in several local papers yesterday discussing coalitions in Chiapas to thwart the PRD governor candidate.  Alianza por Chiapas entre PAN-PRI:Rojas  Apparently, the PRI and PAN have begun to realize that together they can amass 60-70% of the vote in many places and defeat the devil they think they know.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sat Aug 12th, 2006 at 11:19:02 PM EST
A thoroughly biased AP article.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Aug 13th, 2006 at 07:37:32 AM EST
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Like all political parties, you will have those who will not play by the rules; it is obvious that the PRD in Tabasco is no exception. It would like me saying that the Democratic party can do no wrong, which is totally false. I do have to thank you for making me aware of the situation.

I can't answer for AMLO as to why he does not want a new or run off election. But I can suspect that he has changed his strategy by playing PAN games. Since PAN, the IFE, and the TEPJF did not want to do full recount, I think AMLO is taking advantage of the recent outcome from the partial recount.

Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today. - Gandhi

by XicanoPwr (chicanopwr at gmail.com) on Sun Aug 13th, 2006 at 07:55:09 AM EST
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This election represents a very emotional issue here in Mexico and obviously outside as well.  Ones sees the gamut of opinions depending on the leanings of individuals as well as the media.  It is also a  milestone in Mexican politics, which I believe are forever changed.  From now on out the political process can never be taken for granted regardless of who ultimately wins this year's presidential and local elections.  For one, I am very happy to see it because Mexicans desperately need and deserve more responsive government.  The election of V. Fox was historic, this election cements that change and allows Mexico to continue the era of peaceful political and institutional revolution.    

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sun Aug 13th, 2006 at 12:25:17 PM EST
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Thanks for this update article...please keep us posted on developments...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sun Aug 13th, 2006 at 03:57:21 AM EST
And what does this say about the international observers who gave the election a stamp of approval? The Europe against populism is on the job, guarding the banking investment.
by citizen k (sansracine yahoo.fr) on Sun Aug 13th, 2006 at 08:32:45 AM EST
I just don't believe any of it. You can't one day trust International observers in Ukraine and the other day decide that they're a pathetic lot! Every tenth vote over the 9% that are recounted is 0,9% indeed, but don't we ever tolerate margin errors?
Let us leave the Mexican Court decide what to to. Let us trust what is indeed a growing democracy. Surely they'll eventually avoid a revolution.
by got lost on Wed Aug 16th, 2006 at 04:30:38 PM EST
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If you have an election decided by a margin of less than 1%, with allegations of fraud, and on a recount of 9% of the precincts you find a 10% deviation in vote counts, I think there is grounds for a full recount.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 16th, 2006 at 04:55:08 PM EST
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Well: I call it a tie.
by got lost on Thu Aug 17th, 2006 at 06:25:59 AM EST
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Are you serious?
by Trond Ove on Thu Aug 17th, 2006 at 08:53:12 AM EST
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No. But that's not the point. It is just that I'll wait for 6th Sept to believe or not there was a massive fraud.
by got lost on Thu Aug 17th, 2006 at 03:02:54 PM EST
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