Leaders of the Mexican left called Friday for a peaceful popular mobilization to annul the July 1 presidential election amid allegations of vote-buying and other machinations by the victorious Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. “We are asking that the presidential election be invalidated because there are very serious violations of the constitution,” the leftist standard-bearer in the contest, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said at a press conference in Mexico City. “We will always act peacefully,” he said at the presentation of the National Plan for Defense of Democracy and the Dignity of Mexico.
The PRI’s Enrique Peña Nieto won the election with 38.21 percent of the vote, while Lopez Obrador took second place with 31.59 percent, according to the final official tally. But the leftist hopeful filed a motion last week with the TEPJF electoral court seeking to have the election overturned, pointing to mounting evidence of irregularities.
The initiative announced Friday will begin next week with a coordinated message in the mass media and on social networks, to be followed July 29 by information assemblies in 142 city squares across Mexico. The activities will continue until at least Sept. 6, the deadline for the TEPJF to certify Peña Nieto as president-elect, Lopez Obrador said.