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Half of Mexico Presidential election votes go for recounting


July 4, 2012 - Mexico City

The Mexican electoral authorities have ordered for a recounting of as many as of half of the polling stations in the Mexican Presidential elections held this Sunday. Preliminary information suggested there are inconsistencies and hence the need for re-counting.

Federal Electoral Institute's Executive Secretary Edmundo Jacobo said that 78,012 of the 143,000 ballot boxes used during the elections will be recounted. The recounting process would be completed by Thursday after which the final result will be declated.

PRD Candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has accuses the leading Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Pena Nieto of breaking election rules. Nieto however denied his party buying any votes or has indulged in coercion. Preliminary results gave showed that Nieto leads by near over 6.5 percentage points over Obrador.

The electoral institute ordered for re-counting only half of the polling stations where elections were held because only they meet the necessary recounting criteria as per the 2007 electoral law.

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