By KELIN DILLON
Mexico’s already-bloody electoral campaign season saw yet another tragedy on Tuesday, May 25, when Alma Rosa Barragán, the Citizen’s Movement mayoral candidate for Moroleón, Guanajuato, was assassinated during a campaign rally, continuing the electoral violence with just 12 days left until the midterm elections on June 6.
Barragán was gunned down in open fire by a group of armed men, who likewise injured a man and child during the attack, ultimately leading to her death and prompting the Guanajuato prosecutor’s office to open an investigation into the incident.
Risk management consultancy firm Etellekt Consultores said that, after Tuesday’s events, 88 politicians have been killed in the 2021 electoral cycle so far, with 34 of those candidates for election in June.
Reportedly 29 of the 34 killed were up for election at the municipal level, with 89 percent of that figure having apparently run in opposition to the current mayor in the municipality they sought office in.
The numbers distinctly differ from the Secretariat for Citizen Security and Protection’s data, which only recognize 12 fatalities from 234 cases of electoral violence as of April 30, a full 76 deaths less than Etellekt’s figures.
Meanwhile, data from the consulting firm Integralia alleges there have been 143 election-related killings in the current electoral cycle.
Despite the variation regarding the actual death toll between consulting firms, the government’s officially recognized number of dead politicians is severely low in comparison to those from the two consulting firms.
June’s upcoming midterms have likewise been marred by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) open admittance to electoral interference, allegations of links to narcotrafficking among a number of candidates, the drastic underreporting of campaign expenses resulting in the cancellation of several candidacies, complaint after complaint sent to the National Electoral Institute (INE), and the intervention by the Organization of the American States (OAS) into Mexico’s electoral process.