jueves, 5 de julio de 2012

Mexico to recount half votes cast in national polls

Mexican authorities said on 4 July that they would recount half the votes cast in presidential elections on 1 July, following reported irregularities and complaints by one of the candidatesagencies and press reported on 5 July. Edmundo Jacobo Molina, executive secretary of the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE, Instituto Federal Electoral), said in Mexico City that 78,012 of more than 143,000 packets of ballots would be opened for a recount, the Associated Press reported. This was 54.5 per cent of votes; the IFE initially said it would recount only a third of votes. Jacobo said the IFE may also recount 61.3 per cent of votes cast for the Senate and 60.3 per cent of votes for the Chamber of Deputies or lower house of parliament. This followed calls for a recount by the leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador and civil activists for alleged poll violations including vote buying. There were witness reports on 3 July of Mexicans trying to shop at the supermarket chain Soriana with prepaid cards they said had been given to them by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for voting for its candidate Enrique Peña Nieto. Some were "furious" that day when they found their cards had less credit than promised or were not functional, AP reported on 4 July. The PRI rejected the reports and allegations on 3 July.

Colombian trafficker held at party

Camilo Torrez Martínez, a drug trafficker sought by the United States, was arrested at his wedding party on an island off Colombia's Caribbean coast, Ecuador's El Comercio reported on 4 July. The 37-year-old trafficker had a history with drug gangs and paramilitaries, but was registered as dead in 2010. He was arrested in the midst of week-long festivities he had arranged for 150 guests on the island of Múcura, about a two-hour boat ride from the colonial port of Cartagena de Indias.