A total of 133 politicians have been murdered in the run-up to Mexico’s elections on Sunday (Jul 1), the consulting firm Etellekt said, as the violence gripping the country exploded into politics on a record scale. The murders – mostly of local-level politicians, the most frequent targets for Mexico’s powerful drug cartels – were recorded between September, when candidate registration opened, and the close of campaigning on Wednesday, when an interim mayor was killed in the western state of Michoacan. The victims included 48 candidates running for office – 28 who were killed during the primary campaigns and 20 during the general election campaign, Etellekt, which carried out a study of election-related violence, told AFP Thursday.
“This violence has been concentrated at the local level. At least 71 per cent of these attacks have been against elected officials and candidates running for office at the local level,” said the firm’s director, Ruben Salazar.
“This is the result of very serious problems of governability at the local level,” he told Mexican radio network Formula.
Just one of the victims was running for federal office, he said. It is by far the most violent election on record in Mexico.