By KELIN DILLON
Just days after Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) voted to postpone its public referendum on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) mandate, the Supreme Court ordered the institute to continue on with the popular vote in a ruling on Wednesday, Dec. 22.
The process, which has been wrought with controversy since its inception, as a number of irregularities were revealed among submitted signatures, including votes purportedly cast by deceased individuals, and the INE’s lack of sufficient funds to carry out the process (caused by AMLO’s own slash to the INE’s budget), eventually ended in the autonomous organization cancelling the vote for the time being until allocated proper resources.
Now, the Recess Commission will require the INE to follow through on the popular consultation and adjust its process to work within the confines of its 1.5 billion-peso budget, in an unprecedented ruling interferring in the INE’s own specific electoral operations.
The Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Power (TEPJF) has been given the power to review INE resolutions on elections and mandate revocation processes since 1996, an authority AMLO’s National Regeneration Movement (Morena) and the Legal Counsel of the Federal Executive have already appealed to in response to the INE’s cancellation, attempting to force the referendum to be carried out.