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By MARK LORENZANA

As a result of their poor turnout in Mexico’s gubernatorial elections on Sunday, June 5, in which candidates of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) failed to reach the mandatory 3 percent of the vote in several constituencies, both parties will lose their registration as local parties in those areas, as well as the possibility of obtaining public financing.

PRD gubernatorial candidate Laura Lyn Fernández Peña, who ran in alliance with the National Action Party (PAN), lost her bid in Quintana Roo — a state in the eastern part of the Yucatán Peninsula — obtaining 2.9 percent of the vote. Leslie Angelina Hendricks Rubio, who ran for governor under the PRI banner in the same state, also managed to get only 2.9 percent of the vote.

Under Mexican electoral law, in order for a political party to maintain its official registration, it must obtain at least 3 percent of the vote in an election.

Of the 10 parties that participated in the elections in Quintana Roo, five would lose their registration: the PRI, the PRD, the Labor Party (PT),  Fuerza por México (FXM) and the local party Confianza por Quintana Roo.

The PRD could also lose its registration in Hidalgo, where it only managed to get 1.4 percent of the vote; in Durango, where it received only 2.7 percent; and in Tamaulipas, where it only obtained 1.4 percent of the vote.

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