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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

by Allan Wall | At Large

Mexico’s Antabuse For Sale, midterm elections were held on July 5th.  They were midterm elections because they lie halfway between the presidential elections of 2006 and 2012.  The results are relevant to speculation about the future of Mexican legislation  in the next few years and, of course, the 2012 election.

I recently visited Mexico (where I had  previously resided  for a decade and a half).   We waited to return until July 5th, so my Mexican wife could vote in the midterm election before we departed.

I accompanied my wife to the polling station and observed the voting.  Of course, Antabuse ebay, being an American, I was careful not to interfere in any way.  I´m impressed by the Mexican voter registration system , Antabuse paypal, which, I must say , is better than ours.

Every registered Mexican voter has a Voter ID card, 250mg Antabuse, complete with photograph, fingerprint and a holographic image .   But it’s not just the existence of the card that’s important, Antabuse overseas, but how it is used.

At the Mexican polling station,  there is a book containing the photographs of every voter in the precinct.  When a Mexican voter presents his card, the poll worker looks up his photo to see if it matches up, Antabuse mexico. If it does, a mark is made next to the photo in the book, and the voter is allowed to cast his ballot, Antabuse For Sale.

When I was there on July 5th, a voter’s photo ID didn’t match up with her photo in the book, 1000mg Antabuse, because she brought her previous voter ID  and not her current card. She wasn’t allowed to vote, and had to go home to get her current ID.

After  voting, 30mg Antabuse, the    Mexican voter’s thumb ink is applied to his thumb. That way, Antabuse craiglist, if he shows up at another polling site to vote, they know he’s already voted elsewhere. Antabuse For Sale, (The ink wears off after a few days.)

In contrast, U.S. voter registration  is a joke. In many states, 200mg Antabuse, it’s not even necessary to prove one’s citizenship, or even one’s identity . Antabuse india, Registrars have been instructed not to be inquisitive about applicants’ citizenship - or lack thereof.

It should come as no surprise then, that the last few years have seen more and more examples of voter fraud coming to light, including the casting of ballots by non-citizen voters, Antabuse usa.

Whenever Americans try to require photo  ID, it typically gets opposed  by Hispanic activists who say it’s discriminatory.  That’s ironic, since photo ID is a requirement in Mexico, which is the world’s biggest Hispanic country, Antabuse For Sale.

The solution for U.S. states is to adopt a Mexican-style photo  voter ID system, 10mg Antabuse, at government expense.   Why not . We spend money on all sorts of things, why not a secure voting system .

Now, 750mg Antabuse, let’s return to the discussion of the July 5th Mexican election. Antabuse For Sale, The lower house of the Mexican Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, has 500 representatives.  Every three years, 100% of those representatives are replaced (with no re-election allowed). Of the total, Antabuse uk, 300 are directly elected by electoral districts, with the other 200 selected  by proportional representation.

Besides the elections for the Chamber of Deputies, there were state and local elections in some parts of Mexico.  Hundreds of mayors were chosen, Antabuse us, and six governorships were up for grabs.

After the dust was cleared, 100mg Antabuse, here are the results.

The  PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), the former ruling party, got 36.7% of the total vote (and 5 of those 6 governorships).  President Calderon’s PAN (National Action Party) had 28% of the total vote, Antabuse japan. The farther left PRD (Party of the Democratic Revolution), which almost won the presidency in 2006, only had 12.2% of the total vote.  The Greens , largest of the micro-parties, garnered 6.5% of the vote, and it went down from there, Antabuse For Sale.

As a result, the correlation of forces in the lower house Chamber of Deputies has changed drastically. 500mg Antabuse, The PRI  more than doubled its delegation, from 106 to 241 seats. That means it has 49% of the seats in the chamber. Add to that the 17 seats won by the Greens, 50mg Antabuse, who have an alliance with the PRI, and the party has a de facto majority. Antabuse For Sale, The PAN, meanwhile, dropped from 206 to 147 seats and the

PRD dropped from 127  to 72 seats. 20mg Antabuse, What can we learn from this election about the Mexican political landscape .

For one thing, the PRI has more than survived its previous loss of power  and is now coming back as a competitive party that could actually win back the presidency in the 2012 elections.   For one thing, the party is truly national, Antabuse canada, inheriting from it’s one-party state days a vast network thoughout the length and breadth of Mexico.  Yet the PRI has successfully utilized this network in a new pluralistic political age. As  younger Mexican voters come of age, 150mg Antabuse, for the non-PRI parties to bring up the spectre of the old PRI one-party state of yore is less and less effective.

By the same token, the PAN  can no longer rest on the laurels  it received by being the opposition party that  overthrew the PRI in 2000.

I wouldn’t write off Calderon, however.  The man is a talented political operative, and is doubtless already at work thinking of ways to work with the PRI in Congress, Antabuse For Sale.

How about the PRD, Antabuse coupon, why did it do so poorly ?  One might be inclined to blame the  ongoing antics of AMLO (Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador)  for the PRD’s poor showing.

AMLO, Antabuse australia, however, was quite effective in this election, just not for his own party.  Though Lopez Obrador  stayed in the PRD, he campaigned for two other parties (the Labor Party and Convergence) which together  garnered an impressive 6% of the total vote, 40mg Antabuse, just half of the PRD’s.  In fact, in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, AMLO publicly supported a Labor party candidate against the candidate of his own PRD, and the Labor candidate won.  So AMLO can’t be written off yet either.

The newly-elected representatives are set to take office on September 1st.

Mexico faces great challenges, including  the economic downturn caused by its close association with the U.S.A., and the ongoing drug gang wars.   The country would greatly benefit from various reforms which have thus far proved unattainable . Antabuse For Sale, So it would behoove  President Calderon and the congressional PRI party to work together to face such  problems. In fact, it’s in the interests of both to do so.

As for the upcoming 2012 presidential election, the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto, governor of Mexico state, and the PRD’s Marcelo Ebrard, mayor of Mexico City, look like possible standard-bearers for their respective parties.

On the other hand, a lot could happen in 3 years. In fact, the year 2012 could look a lot different. So, stay tuned…. CRO

copyright 2009 Allan Wall

Allan Wall ( recently returned to the U.S. after having resided many years in Mexico..

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