FNS: PAN Declares Victory in Cd. Juá rez Mayoral Elections
- FNS: PAN Declares Victory in Cd. Juárez Mayoral Elections
Date: 5/13/02 9:46:44 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: frontera@... (Frontera)
Despite a ten point lead in pre-election polls, the PAN's Ciudad Juárez
mayoral candidate, Jesús Alfredo Delgado, claimed victory in Sunday's
election with just a 2,365 vote lead.
Earlier in the day, the State Electoral Institute's preliminary results
program had given the PAN a four point lead in the election with 66% of
the votes counted. This lead diminished through the evening and there
were still 25 voting stations that had not been counted when Delgado
announced his victory.
Roberto Barraza Jordán, a member of the PRI and the Alianza Unidos por
Juárez's mayoral candidate, said Monday morning that, according to its
figures, the Alianza had a 1,000 vote lead in the election and would
ultimately triumph in the election.
Barraza said the Alianza will examine every vote cast in the election
and is particularly worried about the number of votes which were
annulled for irregularities. Barraza said that the number of annulled
votes was higher than the number of votes received by smaller Cd. Juárez
parties like the PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática) and the PAS
(Partido Alianza Social).
In July, 2001, the PAN's Delgado won that party's fourth consecutive
victory in Cd. Juárez. However, on August 21, 2001, the Tribunal Estatal
Electoral (State Election Tribunal, TEE) annulled the election. Four of
the main reasons given for the TEE's decision were last-minute changes
in voting-station personnel, last-minute changes to the PAN's list of
city-council candidates, alleged campaigning by PAN Cd. Juárez Mayor
Gustavo Elizondo and other city officials and alleged campaigning by
Elizondo after the close of the campaign period in the last few days
before the election.
After the annulment of last year's election, the PRI-controlled,
Chihuahua Congress appointed a PRI interim mayor, José Reyes Ferriz.
On Sunday, May 12, after having declared victory once again in Cd.
Juárez, Delgado and PAN officials said that they would hold on to the
mayor's office this time.
According to the Cd. Juárez newspaper El Diario, only 36% of registered
voters went to the polls on Sunday. Out of a total of 815,578 possible
voters, only 283,739 people voted in the election.
Source: El Diario, May 3 & 13, 2002. Articles by Pedro Torres, Miguel A.
Chávez, Horacio Carrasco Soto, Juan Manuel Cruz & Rocío Gallegos.
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