About 80 candidates for Mexico’s upcoming elections have withdrawn from their respective campaigns in the northern state of Chihuahua because of the high levels of violence during the election campaign, reported the executive secretary of the State Electoral Institute, Guillermo Sierra. A candidate for the state legislature was shot dead, authorities announced Tuesday, at least the sixth politician murdered in the past 10 days in what has become a blood-soaked campaign. Abel Montufar Mendoza, a mayor who was running for a legislative seat in the violent state of Guerrero, was found dead inside his car in the city of Ciudad Altamirano, said Roberto Alvarez Heredia, the state’s security spokesman.
“We have confirmed that it is the state legislature candidate Abel Montufar Mendoza,” who was running for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Alvarez said.
The candidate’s body was riddled with bullets and naked from the waist down, said a police source who spoke on condition of anonymity.