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Federal Electoral Institute Prepared To Ensure Fraud-free Elections On July 2

LADB Article ID: 53840
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2000-06-28
By: LADB Staff

The independent Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE) has taken major steps to ensure that the presidential elections on July 2 are free of fraud and as fair as possible. Mexican voters will cast ballots for president, 300 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, and 128 Senate seats. Citizens in eight states and Mexico City will also vote for state legislatures and city councils. In addition, the mayoral post in Mexico City and gubernatorial seats in the states of Guanajuato and Morelos are up for grabs. The institute is credited with implementing several changes to facilitate voting and add confidence to vote tabulation on election day. Among other things, the IFE has trained more than 800,000 civilian poll workers, developed voting booths that feature greater privacy, and signed a contract with several private companies to provide a quick vote count on election day. The IFE has issued credentials to about 800 foreign observers, including former presidents Jimmy Carter of the US and Ramiro de Leon Carpio of Guatemala. The foreign observes will join 34,000 Mexican observers affiliated with the nongovernmental organizations Alianza Civica and Presencia Ciudadana and the business organization Confederacion Patronal de la Republica Mexicana (COPARMEX). A spokesperson for Alianza Civica said observers will monitor all 113,000 polling stations in an attempt to prevent voter coercion.

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