By RICARDO CASTILLO
Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) officials were taken aback after announcing on Friday, Oct. 9, that the second round of polls between the top two candidates was a draw.
Of course they were announcing that the polls – carried out by three private pollsters – for the presidency of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) favored neither of two candidates, both federal deputies, Porfirio Muñoz Ledo and Chamber Majority Leader Mario Delgado.
Over the weekend, all hell broke loose.
Muñoz Ledo claimed the the INE leaders, headed by INE President Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, had twisted the facts by calling the result of the second poll “a technical draw” when Muñoz Ledo had won the first round hands down with 41 of the polls, 20 points over Delgado.
Muñoz Ledo even threatened to take over the Morena party presidency on Monday, Oct. 12, only to later receive a message from the party’s pro-tempore president, Alfonso Ramírez Cuellar, that he would not deliver the presidency to anyone until a third defining poll had been held.
Ramírez Cuellar recommended that this new poll be audited by professional demoscopy (polling) experts.
The result prompted a barrage of insults between the competing deputies.
Muñoz Ledo accused Delgado of spending 1.5 billion pesos pasting up billboards all over Mexico City to promote his candidacy.
Delgado claimed that Muñoz Ledo was threatening to launch “a sort of coup d’état” within the Morena party, which could even lead to not recognizing the party founder, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).
Muñoz Ledo called the Delgado accusation “mendacious, stupid and dangerous.” while Delgado called Muñoz Ledo’s allegations of the propaganda spending “lies, threats and slander.”
“The evidence is plain to see,” Muñoz Ledo replied- “The billboards are all over the city.”
On Monday, Oct. 12, AMLO said that he did not feel he was in between the internal electoral process of the party he founded six years ago, with the help of both Muñoz Ledo and Mario Delgado.
“Morena is one thing and the federal government is something else,” he said.
“I am the president of all Mexicans, but I´m not going to barge into the workings of internal party politics. Let them negotiate an agreement.”
Easier said than done.
What remains now is to wait and see what the third poll organized by the INE will bring, this time only between the two top candidates, since the first polls voting included three more hopefuls.
And. of course, to have the loser gallantly concede — something still not written in Mexican electoral books.
…Oct. 13, 2020