jueves, 19 de julio de 2012

Parties want inquiry over Mexican fraud claims

The presidents of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) urged Mexico's electoral authorities to investigate allegations that the winning party in general elections on 1 July used laundered money to finance its campaign, Mexican press and media reported on 19 July. The PAN's Gustavo Madero Muñoz and PRD's Jesús Zambrano Grijalva spoke at a joint press conference in Mexico City. Madero said allegations on the misuse of funds began in the first half of June and he urged the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), which organized the elections, to investigate the claims to their "ultimate consequences." Zambrano said in turn that it was necessary to know the amount and origin of suspect campaign money before the supreme electoral court TEPJF (Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación) confirms the elections in September. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has defended its election victory and rejected allegations of malpractice. Similarly on 18 July, the PRD's former presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador said "we are going to file a complaint with the Electoral Tribunal on the use of money of illicit provenance to benefit Enrique Peña Nieto, or what is commonly known as money laundering." He told a press conference in the capital that his party would present the court with evidence that at least five firms gave Peña Nieto's campaign five million USD of unknown origins, AFP reported on 18 July. His attorney Jaime Cárdenas Gracia said the PRD suspected this money was either from public funds - paid by states run by PRI governors - or organized crime. The PRI denounced the claims as calumny.