Published On: Mon, Apr 6th, 2015

Poliltical Campaigns begin for June Elections in Mexico

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The political campaigns of candidates participating in the 2015 federal electoral process officially began on Sunday April 5th, 2015. The campaigns will determine 500 federal deputies under a new electoral law, one year after the transformation of the Federal Electoral Institute into the National Electoral Institute (INE).

Political parties and independent candidates also kicked off election activities for concurrent governor, local deputy and mayoral elections in the states of Baja California Sur, Querétaro and Michoacán.

Local elections in the states of Sonora, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, reforms, the upcoming campaigns will Campeche, Guerrero and Colima began last month.

Elections in the State of Mexico, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatán and Morelos will begin at later dates.

In Mexico City, candidates for borough president and local deputy will officially launch their campaigns April 20.

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For the first time, independent candidates can participate in the federal and local elections and half of candidates will be women, as defined by the new legislation.

According to the 2014 electoral reforms, the upcoming campaigns will be the most rigorously standardized, in terms of spending, in history. Candidates are obliged to end their bids by June 3 at the latest.

The elections on June 7 will fill more than 2,000 local and federal positions. An expected 82.5 million Mexicans will head to the polls on election day.

The INE will install more than 152,000 voting booths around the  country; 9,000 more than in 2012. In states with local elections, more than 92,000 booths will be set up and 60,000 more will be erected in states where only federal voting will occur.

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