Electoral authorities in Mexico announced Wednesday that they are recounting more than half of the ballot boxes from midterm elections held last Sunday. At little more than 89,000 of the more than 149,000 ballot boxes installed will be recounted – about 60 percent of the vote in the congressional election. The National Electoral Institute (INE) Edmundo Jacobo Molina said the entire votes in 17 of the 300 electoral districts will be recounted.
According to INE’s President Lorenzo Cordova, the actual recount is the most important since 2008, when an electoral reform introduced laws that allow for a recount. During the 2012 presidential election, about 71,000 voting boxes to elect lower congressional members were recounted.
Mexico’s electoral law asserts that votes should be recounted when inconsistencies are reported in the final tally; if there is a difference of 1 percent or less between the first and second place finishers; if abstention votes are higher than the difference between the opponent that obtained a majority of votes or when all votes in a ballot box are in favour of the same candidate.
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