AMLO to down size National Electoral Institute [INE]

by hromero ⌂ @, Saturday, October 29, 2022, 18:10 (142 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

What whim didn't they bow to that the president holds against them. Lets start with how INE didn't declare him the winner in his first two runs at the presidency and particularly his first run? His first run ended in a very close race where it was determined that he lost in what was generally accepted by independent organizations from around the world to have been a fair election. Instead of accepting the results he incited his followers to occupy the Zocalo and declare himself the rightful president. Or how about his public opposition to INE disqualifying the candidate Salgado Macedonia of his party while be silent about disqualifications of other candidates from other parties? How about his decisions to circumvent INE to run national advisory elections through his party organization without checks?

I am not here to claim that all officials within INE are saints or that the organization doesn't need some reforms. I will point out that AMLO himself benefitted from those funds in building his party before being in power and now that he is in power he seems to want to eliminate those mechanisms that might help foster other competition. My concern is that this president seems intent on dismantling government organizations that are independent from his office and that he can't control directly rather than doing the hard work of actually building them up and rooting out the corruption. To suggest that the judicial system in Mexico is independent and without corruption is not believable to me. He has built up the military and used its status to circumvent judicial review of his pet projects by claiming that they are of "national security". Meanwhile tens of thousands of poor Mexicans continue to languish in prisons awaiting a trial while criminal organizations seem to grow ever emboldened and in some cases seemingly abetted by the military.

Humberto Romero

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