By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
No matter how you look at it, Mexico’s public referendum (consulta) on Sunday, Aug. 1, to determine whether to prosecute former presidents for their alleged misdeeds was a disaster.
According to early reports from the National Electoral Institute (INE), which was in charge of organizing and supervising the 528-million-peso fiasco, between 7.07 and 7.74 percent of the 93.6 million eligible Mexican voters turned out to cast their ballots, despite President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) desperate efforts to get out the vote.
But ever the spin master, on Monday, Aug. 2, AMLO, during his daily morning rant … sorry, press conference … called the referendum a success.
And asked in the presser why the turnout was so low, AMLO did his usual song and dance act, blaming everyone from the “corrupt conservatives” (for him, the two words are synonymous) to the INE to the Mexican media for not “publicizing” the referendum and encouraging people to vote (after all, in the eyes of the president, the press is at the service of the government).
But facts are facts.
The vast majority of the Mexican people do not believe in AMLO’s non-transparent, manipulated, deceitful referendums.
And that is why the consulta was a failure.