The collapse of popular consultation: only about 8% of the electorate voted, but a landslide “yes” won

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government got far less involvement than was necessary to make the consultation binding (Photo Art: Jovani Pérez Silva / Infobae México)

Consultations held by the government Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)And Promoted as a result of the impeachment initiative of five former presidents, Concluded with a very low turnout Citizenship and did not get enough votes to be binding according to the constitution.

quick count ofNational Electoral Institute (INE) made know it Participation was 7.07% and 7.74% at the end of Sunday. According to the Foundation’s director, Lorenzo Cordova, the votes were far below what was necessary for the result to be binding in the legislative and executive branches.

On the ballot obtained by citizens who went to vote, it can be read: “Do you agree or not that the relevant measures are being implemented, in accordance with the constitutional and legal framework, to carry out the process of clarifying political decisions taken in past years by political actors, with the aim of ensuring justice and the rights of victims potential?”

It was an overwhelming “yes”. Between 89.36% and 96.28% of the participants voted for it, while from 2.19 to 9.21% marked “no” and between 2.19 and 9.21% of the vote was canceled, According to what was recorded in the first 1830 polling stations in the country.

AMLO's popular consultation began with an initiative to prosecute former presidents, but the SCJN changed the question (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
AMLO’s popular consultation began with an initiative to prosecute former presidents, but the SCJN changed the question (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

question text, set by the High Court of Justice last October, It generated conflicting positions between jurists and analystsSome of them considered that he abides by the law, while others asserted that it is very confusing and general.

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even if The initiative did not achieve the required popular support, as expected by some analysts AP, That this does not close the way for the judicial authority of the Federation and the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic to carry out any judicial proceedings.

After three years in office, Lopez Obrador has failed to deliver on his major promise to stamp out corruption, with few notable court actions so far during this six-year term, Agency stressed. Corruption charges against Emilio Lozoya, the former director of state-owned Pemex during the government of former President Enrique Peña Nieto, and other government officials, have proven difficult to bring to trial.

the "Yes" He received more than 80% of the votes in the consultation (Photo: EFE/Francisco Guasco)
‘Yes’ got more than 80% of the votes in the consultation (Photo: EFE/Francisco Guasco)

Faced with this situation Analysts believe that Lopez Obrador seeks to bless voters for changing course and persecuting previous presidents, Two of them – Philip Calderon (2006-2012) and Vicente Fox (2000-2006) – were among his fiercest critics.

sum, Mexico has six living former presidents, the oldest is Luis Echeverria, 99 years old. The statute of limitations has expired for many violations that They are accused of corruption, bribery, waste of government funds and criminal economic mismanagement.

The consultation was mainly promoted by the president’s party, Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena), which described the exercise, like the National Institute of Statistics, as a “successful” experience. Above all, they stressed that “the people’s cry for justice has gone far beyond the word no,” which means, in their view, that “a new era against impunity in the country has begun.”

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