Between the the end of 2017 and mid-May, 94 candidates from all parties were killed, 305 attacks against politicians took place and, among other reasons due to pressures from organized crime, more than a thousand gave up participating in the July 1st elections, a situation of political violence that was strongly condemned by the Permanent Commission of the Congress of the Union.
It should be remembered that in the next electoral process, the largest in Mexican history, the President will be elected along with those who will occupy another 3,400 positions. The state of Guerrero has the highest number of murders with 21 cases, followed by Oaxaca (16), Puebla (10), Veracruz (8) and Mexico State (7). Of the more than a thousand who resigned, 341 were federal candidates contending for a place in Congress, or their alternates; while 660 were candidates for municipal offices and local councils. Compared to the 70 assaults and 20 murders registered during the federal elections of 2015, attacks have increased by 400%.
The Congress of the Union called on the authorities responsible for organizing the elections to call on all participants in the process “to conduct themselves with full respect for the rules of competition and not to generate climate of hostility between flag bearers and citizens.” It urged federal, state and municipal authorities “to strengthen the mechanisms for the protection of candidates and citizens”, as well as to “distend and generate an environment of harmony that allows elections to be held in healthy competition and in an atmosphere of social peace.”
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), on the other hand, recognizing the “special situation” of risk in which the candidates of different political affiliations are, stated that “it trusts that the State will continue to take measures” to guarantee the security in the electoral process and to investigate cases reported diligently.
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Asesinaron a 94 candidatos desde 2017, señalan en la Permanente (La Jornada, 17 de mayo de 2018)
Condena la Permanente asesinato de casi 100 candidatos (La Jornada, 16 de mayo de 2018)
Candidatos asesinados hasta hoy: 94. Políticos que se bajaron por las amenazas o la violencia: 1,000 (Sin Embargo, 14 de mayo de 2018)
La CIDH alerta por la violencia y el riesgo que corren candidatos en México, y pide al Estado garantizar su seguridad (Sin Embargo, 11 de mayo de 2018)
Guerrero arde en una campaña de violencia inédita: 24 políticos asesinados y 3 más desaparecidos (Sin Embargo, 10 de mayo de 2018)
Observadores extranjeros alertan que los altos niveles de violencia intimidarían el voto en México (Sin Embargo, 8 de mayo de 2018)