sábado, 21 de julio de 2012

Mexico's victorious PRI joins calls to investigate polls

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of Mexico moved to defend itself on 20 July against charges of malpractice in the 1 July general elections made by opponents, and its president urged the judiciary to investigate the claims in depth, EFE and Mexican media reported on 20 July. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell told the press in Mexico City on 20 July that the party would ask the prosecutor-general's office to investigate "false imputations" about illegal campaign financing made by the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). Its lawyers lodged a formal complaint that day against the charges, and handed the prosecutor-general's office all documents previously given to election authorities, which PRI lawyer Jesús Murillo said would clarify the PRI's financing mechanisms. One document indicated that the party had procured on 1 March more than 7,800 pre-paid cash cards, but the PRI stated that these were distributed to authorised party members performing ordinary party duties in recent months and were not used to buy votes as alleged.