Without Debate, Mexico’s Electoral Tribunal Dismisses All Evidence Against Peña Nieto
Mexico City, August 29 (RHC) -- In Mexico, the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation has virtually settled all complaints regarding the presidential election and rejected all grievances presented by the Progressive Movement and the National Action Party (PAN). Without debate, the judges ratified the exoneration announced by the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) to charges of disguised propaganda on the TV channel Televisa and other media by the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Enrique Peña Nieto.
Also without debate, the top electoral body rejected the PAN appeal of a decision by the IFE, which ruled the complaint regarding the placing of billboards by Peña Nieto’s campaign in prohibited places was ‘groundless.’ The judges said that PAN did not provide enough evidence to require the IFE to investigate its complaint more thoroughly.
During Tuesday’s session, the judges almost didn’t admit a single complaint, except one made by the PRI related to Ricardo Monreal, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s campaign coordinator, while reversing the decision of the IFE, which had ruled that the PRI complaint was unfounded.
Only in this case, the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power came out in the defense of the PRI and ordered the IFE to open an exhaustive investigation into Monreal’s accusations against the PRI and his presidential campaign manager, Luis Videgaray, regarding the use of public funds to hire foreign consultants.
In contrast, none of the complaints filed against Peña Nieto were seen as controversial and all were deemed unfounded.