Electoral authorities in Mexico have initiated a recount of roughly half of the votes cast in the presidential election upon finding inconsistencies in the final results. The initial tally, accounting for 99 percent of the votes, was released Sunday, the day of the election, showing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Peña Nieto in the lead with roughly 38 percent of the votes, about six points ahead of runner-up and Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Votes from about 78,000 of the 143,000 polling stations used in the election will be recounted. The results of the recount are expected to be ready by Sunday, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) spokeswoman Ana Fuentes told the Associated Press.
The IFE did not specify in detail what inconsistencies were found in the final results, but the country’s electoral law calls for a recount under these circumstances. Other reasons for a recount include if there is less than a percentage point between the top two candidates or if an entire ballot box is filled with votes for the same candidate. Peña Nieto expressed confidence that his victory would be upheld by the recount.