By KELIN DILLON
The Inspection Commission of Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) has called for the cancellation of the candidacy of controversial Guerrero gubernatorial candidate Félix Salgado Macedonio, following his failure to report campaign spending.
The independent organization argued that Salgado failed to provide a pre-campaign expense report as mandated by the General Law of Electoral Institutions and Procedures (LGIPE), which states that a candidate who did not provide the aforementioned report may not legally register as a candidate.
An economic sanction of 6.57 million pesos was likewise proposed to be levied against Salgado’s National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party for the alleged violation.
While defenders of Salgado said the candidate still sent the report, just late, the INE said the law is clear about timing. The would-be candidate’s supporters also said Salgado never spent a peso on any campaign material. However, the INE’s Technical Control Unit found what they determined to be pre-campaign propaganda that necessitated reporting.
The Inspection Commission ruled against Salgado three-to-two on the issue, which was expected to be ratified or rejected by the INE’s General Council on the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.
Salgado, who is currently facing multiple rape allegations in his home state of Guerrero, vehemently denied wrongdoing from both him or Morena, saying the party had “never registered any internal process before the electoral authority” until now.
…March 26, 2021