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2009 Mexican Chamber of Deputies Elections

About 2009 Mexican Chamber of Deputies Elections

Mexicans will choose their representatives for the Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Senadores) - the lower house of the Union Congress on July 5, 2009 for its 500 seats - 300 by relative majority and 200 by proportional representation. Along side this election, Governors in 6 states, local councils and mayors in various Mexican states (including Sonora, Campeche, Queretaro, Colima, San Luis Potosi and Nuevo Leon) will also be elected. The Chamber of Deputies is similar to the House of Representatives of the United States or the Canadian lower house. Previous elections for the Chamber of Deputies are held in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006.

The election process will be administered by Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE - The Federal Electoral Institute). Marco Antonio Gomez Alcantara is the Counselor and Director of IFE. Leonardo Valdés Zurita is the Minister President.

Major Mexican Political Parties include National Action Party (PAN), Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), Convergence (C), Labor Party (PT), New Alliance Party (PANAL) and Social Democratic and Peasant Alternative Party (PASC). Exit polls suggest that Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) has a marginal lead over Partido Accion Nacional (PAN).

The elections are considered as a test of public support for the Government’s drug war.

The election process will begin on July 5, 2009 at 8:00 AM local time when the election boxes will be opened. People in large numbers are expected to line up to cast their vote. The vote casting process would conclude at 6:00 PM the same day. About 77.4 millions will be casting their vote with 2.5 million youngsters casting their vote for their first time. 18000 observers are put on election duty. 424 foreign visitors from 51 countries too will be observing the electoral process. Overall 139,181 boxes are set up.

José Luis Méndez Flores, Secretary General of the PRI and Javier Gómez Cavazos, Secretary General of the NPA both expressed confidence of winning the election.

President Felipe Calderón visited the 4990 box in the Primary School "The Pípila" at about 11:00 pm to cast his vote. He is accompanied by his wife Margarita Zavala and his children Mary, John Paul.

Oaxaca election

Election in three boxes in Oaxaca is suspended following a conflict between two organization of the PRI. There is also a possibility of suspension of voting in 31 of 570 municipalities that are in the state, including San Lorenzo Jamiltepec, where a group of armed men who oppose the village mayor took over the facilities housing the municipal palace.

Veracruz Elections

Veracruz has 5,210,222 citizens will cast their votes in 9693 poll boxes setup in 21 municipalities to elect 21 deputies. 6 political parties and a coalition are in fray.

Counting and Results

At the time 77.21% votes are counted, PRI leads the votes polled (9,632,790 votes or 36.05%), PAN comes second (7,352,269 votes or 27.51 percent) followed by PRD which came third (3,271,640 votes or 12.24 percent). PRI's national leader Beatriz Paredes said she is confident of getting an absolute majority.

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