Oaxaca: Zapotec Ejidatarios Accuse Agrarian  Procurator of Corruption over Illegal Elections 

@ Aristegui Noticias

On August 8th, the assembly for the election of new authorities of Ixtaltepec Ejido was scheduled. However, Zapotec ejidatarios accused the delegate of the Agrarian Procurator (PA), Gonzalo Villalobos Lopez and the agrarian president of Tehuantepec, Luis Alberto Jimenez Paredes, of endorsing the new authorities in the middle of an “assembly” without a convocation, without a table of debate and on the street.

They denounced that “unexpectedly” the members on Victor Hugo Rios’s payroll, “set up a stall in the street and a score of ejidatarios began to arrive”, it was then that they realized that they were holding the assembly to elect their authorities , but “without prior notice and neither the attendance nor the quorum of half of the 450 ejidatarios that comprise the nucleus.”

They said that this alleged election assembly was endorsed by the agrarian visitor, Angel Tamayo Ovando, and the legal representative of the Agrarian Attorney’s Office, Anabel Flores, who were present and witnessed the irregularities.

The ejidatarios denounced this situation in the Agrarian Court of Tuxtepec, Oaxaca, and await a favorable resolution. They said that the ambition generated by the construction of the industrial park of the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec has generated divisions in the ejido election.

“Everything has been arbitrary and a lie of the Agrarian Attorney’s Office, we are going to demand the dismissal of both officials for being corrupt, we do not understand how quickly we elect our representatives, but not in this way, under deceit and violating the Law Agraria, we are not going to allow that”, said Yury Gomez Rios.

For more information in Spanish:

Ejidatarios de Ixtaltepec acusan de corrupción a la PA por intereses en Corredor Interoceánico (Educa Oaxaca, 8 de septiembre de 2021)

Ejidatarios zapotecas de Oaxaca acusan de corrupción a funcionarios de la Procuraduría Agraria; avalaron una planilla ilegal (Página3, 6 de septiembre de 2021)

Ejidatarios zapotecas de Oaxaca acusan de corrupción a funcionarios de la Procuraduría Agraria (Aristegui Noticias, 7 de septiembre de 2021)

Ejidatarios zapotecas de Oaxaca acusan de corrupción a funcionarios de la Procuraduría Agraria; avalaron una planilla ilegal (Istmo Press, 5 de septiembre de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: “The Isthmus Is Ours” Encounter for Life – Peoples and Collectives Reject Interoceanic Corridor (June 22, 2021)

Oaxaca: inician consultas indígenas sobre los “polos de desarrollo” del Corredor Interoceánico (May 3, 2021)

Oaxaca/National: AMLO Announces that Interoceanic Corridor Will Be Controlled by the Navy(May 13, 2021)

Oaxaca: COPUDA Urges CONAGUA to Publish Decree to Guarantee Right to Water for Zapotec Communities in Central Valleys (August 11, 2020)

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