HomeNewsBriefMexico Elections See Shootings, Ballot Burning
BRIEF

Mexico Elections See Shootings, Ballot Burning

MEXICO / 8 JUL 2013 BY MARGUERITE CAWLEY EN

Local elections in Mexico saw several acts of violence and voting irregularities, following a violent and scandal plagued campaign season, which highlighted the extent to which Mexican politics is penetrated by organized crime.

In Veracruz state, a man died in Coxquihui municipality after an unidentified group shot at the campaign headquarters of the town's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) mayoral candidate, reported La Opinion. In Tijuana, Baja California, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the residence of PRI coalition candidate Leticia Castañeda, though the candidate was reported unhurt.

Voting irregularities reported included delays in the opening of voting booths, the theft of ballot boxes in Puebla, and voting slips in Oaxaca. Voting booths were also burned in Mexicali, Baja California, leading to the loss of uncounted ballots, according to El Universal's live coverage. Threats by hooded figures armed with sticks and rocks were also reported in Puebla state.

Accusations of corruption and drug trafficking connections, which were rampant in the run-up to election day, continued to float around, with the president of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) accusing PRI candidates of receiving support from criminal organizations and of having armed men present as voting took place.

According to preliminary counts, the PRI won the majority of municipal seats in the violence-racked states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, and Jalapa, while an alliance between the PAN, the PRD, and the New Alliance Party (PNA) won the governor's office in Baja California.

InSight Crime Analysis

The constant accusations and acts of violence that occurred prior to the elections stand in contrast to the presidential elections of 2012, which took place with relatively few incidents, highlighting how criminal organizations benefit more from controlling local rather than national politics.

As mentioned by the PRD president, the pre-election violence and scandals have led to renewed accusations that the return of PRI rule under new President Enrique Peña Nieto would also see a return to a political pact with drug trafficking organizations, as is widely believed to have been the case during the years of uncontested PRI rule.

However, while numerous cases have involved criminals acting in favor of PRI candidates, there have also been several PRI members subjected to threats and attacks. This suggests that criminal organizations are less focused on co-opting political allies based on party membership, and more focused on who is easiest to bribe, and who is most likely to win. It remains to be seen how well this strategy was executed in these recent elections.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

MEXICO / 28 SEP 2011

Examples of vigilante groups abound in Mexico, but all have been short-lived, and their emergence appears to have little to…

METHAMPHETAMINE / 25 JAN 2012

A massive surge in the number of synthetic drug labs discovered in Mexico indicates a nationwide shift of traffickers away…

MEXICO / 2 AUG 2013

Drug cartels in Mexico are recruiting US soldiers as hitmen, illustrating both the all too common overlap between organized crime…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.