By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Mexico’s June 6 midterm elections will be the largest in the nation’s history; they will also be its most deadliest.
According to a report from the private-sector monitoring firm Integralia Consultores published in El Financiero newspaper on Tuesday, May 11, since the start of the current electoral process in September 2019 through April of this year, at least 169 incidents of political violence have been registered.
Of those attacks, there have been 210 victims, of which 143 were fatal.
Compared with the federal election of 2018, this figures constitutes an increase of 68.34 percent in the number of politicians, officials and activists killed, since between September 2017 and April of the following year there were just 85 fatalities, according to Integralia Consultores.
Most of those killed were men (120) and belonged to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party (20 percent), while another 21 percent of the victims were from various local political parties and organizations.
The majority of the attacks, according to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, occurred in municipalities with less than 100,000 inhabitants, far from urban centers and with little presence of security elements.
The states of Veracruz, Jalisco and Oaxaca had the highest number of assassinated candidates.
By percentage, 43.2 percent of the incidents of political violence were against active officials, 32.6 percent were against militants and candidates for popularly elected positions, 12.4 percent were against former officials and 11.8 percent were against activists and journalists.