You thought corruption in America’s was bad, look at this man in Mexico! A super billionaire.
Mexican citizens who allegedly received supermarket gift cards from the Institutional Revolutionary Party [PRI] in exchange for their vote, are going on a “panic-stricken” shopping spree, La Jornada reports.
According to the Mexican newspaper, some card holders are afraid that credit on their cards might be confiscated by officials investigating allegations of vote-buying. Others fear that the credit on the cards might be cancelled because the PRI politician who distributed them may not end up winning local elections in the municipality of Nezahualcoyotl.
Last week, the leftist PRD party accused the PRI of distributing 1.8 million of these cards in Mexico State. The cards, which can be used at the Soriana supermarket chain, carry the logo of the CTM, a union affiliated with the PRI. Last week a PRD spokesman showed journalists gift cards that the PRI allegedly distributed in exchange for votes. La Jornada reports that at first, the party was offering cards with 100 pesos, ($7) worth of credit, but as election day approached, the amount on cards offered was raised to 300, 500, and even 700 pesos. Rocio Ugalde told La Jornada that even on election day (Sunday), PRI operatives were distributing these cards. She explained how the process worked: you go into the box, vote, take a picture of that ballot that you voted in favor of the PRI candidate, showed the photo to a PRI representative, and you received a gift card. Not all the cards that were handed out had full value; as people lined up to check the balance of their card, many had already been reported out of funds.
As Roberto Lovato stated on his Facebook, “Imagine what the coverage of fraud allegations would be like if global media were talking about Iran, Egypt, Venezuela or some other, less ‘friendly’ country [instead] of Mexico. Imagine…”
I really don’t know what to think of this entire situation. Would it be surprising if the PRI won after the last 6 years Mexico has undergone? Not really, but the PRI is notorious for election fraud and Mexico’s unfinished path towards democratization has yet to cement in a stable electoral system.
It’s a shame this is not being covered more because it’s incredibly important, not only due to our ties with Mexico but the welfare of the Mexican people, who have endured so much, quite a bit of which is directly our fault. Don’t question those elections though.(via mohandasgandhi)
I agree this extremely important especially since its the neighbor of the American empire. The corruption of voting anywhere must he condoned and all illegal means including bribery to influence votes must be investigated to the fullest extent of the law. Also, all legal means to influence or tinker with
votes should be investigated and stopped immediately.
Earliest recording of a U.S. president, Benjamin Harrison talking about relations of U.S. and Mexico on a phonograph at the opening of First North American Congress. Transcript: “As the President of the United States I say at this first North American Congress in Washington D.C. That we are far pressed, our two countries are thousands of miles apart and are now side by side, increased and thus powerful.”