Magazine article SourceMex Economic News & Analysis on Mexico

Tabasco Legislature Sets New Date for Gubernatorial Elections

Magazine article SourceMex Economic News & Analysis on Mexico

Tabasco Legislature Sets New Date for Gubernatorial Elections

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The Tabasco state legislature has agreed to move up the gubernatorial elections to Aug. 5, three months earlier than the previously set date of Nov. 11.

Tabasco was forced to call new elections after a federal electoral court (Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federacion, TEPJF) threw out the results of the original election in October 2000. The TEPJF nullified the elections after determining that the long-governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) committed fraud and illegally used government resources to support its candidate (see SourceMex, 2000-10-18, 2001-01-10).

After the first election was thrown out, the administration of outgoing Gov. Roberto Madrazo Pintado set a new election date for Nov. 11. But opposition parties took issue with the new date, charging that Madrazo illegally amended the state Constitution to force them to accept a longer period between elections. The Tabasco state Constitution provided for new elections to be held within six months of the original electoral date.

The opposition parties, led by the center-left Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD), took the case to Mexico's highest court (Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nacion, SCJN) and won a favorable ruling.

The PRD and the center-right Partido Accion Nacional (PAN) said they were pleased with the SCJN ruling, even though the proximity of the Aug. 5 date forces local authorities to act quickly to set up the election and creates a tight time frame for campaigning. …

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