The National Indigenous Congress’ anti-capitalist, feminist and Indigenous candidate will most likely not make it to the ballots. Feb. 18 marks the deadline for gathering enough signatures to be registered as an independent candidate in Mexico. As of now, just a few of them will appear on the ballots. This is the first time Mexico is allowing independent candidates for the presidential elections, and the registering process proved to be discriminatory in more than one way. Of a total of six women and 34 men registered as aspiring independent candidates for the 2018 presidential elections, only three of them –Jaime Rodriguez “El Bronco,” Margarita Zavala and Armando Rios Piter – will be eligible.
In theory, this means the candidates got enough popular support, but their signature collecting campaigns were filled with irregularities.
The Indigenous candidate supported by the National Liberation Zapatista Army, EZLN, and the National Indigenous Congress, CNI, Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, known as “Marichuy,” will most likely not make it to the ballots, as she hasn’t fulfilled the requirements.