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By KELIN DILLON

Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) has declined to moderate in President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) admitted electoral interference in the campaigns in the northern state of Nuevo León, declaring itself incompetent to resolve the matter.

Instead, the electoral institute’s Contentious Technical Unit chose to send the complaints against López Obrador filed by the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) to Nuevo León’s state electoral commission, claiming the issue was a local, and not national, matter. 

AMLO openly admitted to his interference on Tuesday, May 11, responding to a reporter’s question if he was putting his hands into the Nuevo León elections with his public denouncement of the area’s gubernatorial candidate, Adrián de la Garza, saying “Of course I am.”

Both parties appealed the INE’s decision to the Electoral Court under the premise that López Obrador’s actions could influence and harm the entire country’s electoral process, not just in Nuevo León, resulting in a total of three complaints against the president from the PRD and one from PAN.

“The INE’s argument was to declare itself incompetent because the complaints were configured as a local issue,” said PAN representative Víctor Hugo Sondón. “However, our complaint is generic, and we put Nuevo León and other states as an example.”

Sold{on went on to say that “the INE sent it to the Nuevo León’s state electoral commission and we challenged it because we believe that they do have the competence to do so, because López Obrador speaks with constant interventions on the federal election.”

The PRD, in its appeal, asked the INE to review López Obrador’s May 11 admission of putting his hand into the electoral process, noting that “this declaration in no way affects only the state of Nuevo León.”

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