Presidential elections coming soon
Deisy Francis Mexidor
NUMEROUS surveys indicate that
approximately 20% of Mexican citizens are still
undecided as to who they will vote for in the
upcoming July 1 Presidential elections – or if they
will even go to the polls at all.
This percentage of undecided voters
represents between 17 and 25 million people, who,
according to experts, could be decisive in
determining the country’s next President, for the
six year term 2012-2018.
Political leader Cuauhtémoc Amezcua
Dromundo has commented that this type of crystal
ball gazing can be deceptive and is often used to
manipulate public opinion, referring to the battle
raging among pollsters.
Many surveys are being brazenly
retouched in an effort to benefit a particular
political organization, affirmed Amezcua, President
of the Popular Socialist (PPS) in Mexico.
They are experts in offering
information conveniently and it works, he said,
commenting on the ranking of the four candidates
running for President, produced by polling companies.
The current election campaign has,
from the very beginning, been presented as a battle
between the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI)
and the National Action Party (PAN), ignoring the
anti-neoliberal candidate Andrés Manuel López
Obrador, Amezcua commented.
They’re right, he continued, when
they say that the battle at the polls is between two
groups, but it’s not the PRI vs PAN, but rather the
Progressive Movement left alliance, supporting López
Obrador, against the two traditional parties.
Pollsters give the lead to Enrique
Peña Nieto, candidate of the Commitment to Mexico
coalition which includes the PRI and the Green
Ecologists (PVEM), followed by López Obrador, who
just a few weeks ago regained second place from the
PAN candidate, Josefina Vázquez Mota.
Environmentalist Gabriel Quadri of
the New Alliance Party occupies a distant fourth
In any event, Quadri hopes to win a
minimum 2% of the vote, to maintain the New Alliance’s
status as an officially registered party.
The second and final candidates’
debate, organized by the Federal Electoral Institute,
was held in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
The two leading candidates avoided
confrontation and made proposals, while
Vázquez Mota, who needs a comeback,
went on the attack.
LOW BLOWS IN THE FINAL STRETCH
As the elections draw near, the
Mexican political scene has heated up. Accusations
and efforts to discredit opponents have increased,
although the candidates insist they will not be
Propaganda disseminated by the mass
media has also intensified, particularly
advertisements attempting to promote fear,
undermining the confidence of voters, and trying to
draw voters away from certain candidates.
Specifically, in the case of López
Obrador, there is an attempt to replay the script
utilized in 2006, when he was also a candidate and
labeled as a danger to the country.
The defining moments of the race to
Los Pinos will apparently emerge at the last minute.
We shall see how the prediction made by the
traditional political forces fares, if this is their
political battle, and López Obrador of no account.
There are four options in Mexico,
given the number of candidates, but just one
possibility for change, Amezcua emphasized.
For the time being, the candidates
are touring the country, attending campaign events
and the mass media is saturating its regular
programming with ads.