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Going beyond party websites in face of the 2000 elections

Ron Mader

Mexico's upcoming elections in July will be scrutinized by everyone in the nation and the world, including the national and international press, academics, research institutions, and Mexican intellectuals. Last month we reviewed the major political party websites. This time around we will take a look at some of the best analytical and journalistic sites that put political spin into context and engage readers with interactive media.

Presidencia

www.presidencia.com.mx/
/5 Stars

This independent, Spanish-language site was created in 1999 to provide Mexicans with an archive of information about the upcoming elections. Note: the URL should not be confused with the government's executive branch - www.presidencia.gob.mx.

Presidencia provides a wealth of information. Some of the more useful features include an archive of polls taken over the past six months: www.presidencia.com.mx/encuestasmedios/ - and its news section: www.presidencia.com.mx/noticias/. Visitors are invited to participate via chats: www.presidencia.com.mx/chat.html; instant polls: www.presidencia.com.mx/cgi-local/encuestas.pl?start; and the site's guestbook: www.presidencia.com.mx/visitas/. This is a model site and well worth an extended visit.
Email contact: webmaster@presidencia.com.mx.

 

Agora - Elections

www.agora.net.mx/elecciones/
/5 Stars

This Spanish-language site has one of the most detailed archives about the presidential candidates, political parties, and general news. Features are accompanied by chat forums and columns. Participation in the forums do require registration. The site boasts a nationwide 2000 calendar - www.agora.net.mx/elecciones/calen2000.html - which political junkies will want to bookmark. It includes all of the year's elections, including the post-July governor races in Chiapas, Tabasco, and Veracruz.

On the downside, Agora is not frequently updated. Old analysis - www.agora.net.mx/analisis/ - clutters the site, along with dead links. Nonetheless, it would be a mistake not to visit and bookmark this impressive site.
Email contact: info@agora.org.mx.

 

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

www.wola.org/
/5 Stars

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) monitors the impact of policies and programs of governments and international organizations throughout the Americas. Founded in 1974 by a coalition of religious and civic leaders, WOLA has frequently cast its attention on Mexico, and in the past few months has begun to publish monthly bulletins - www.wola.org/mexbulletin1.html - about the electoral system.

The only problem worth mentioning is the lack of response from the email address given on the site. It would be helpful to know what future plans are for coverage of Mexico.
Email contact: wola@wola.org.

 

Newshour -- Mexico Elections

www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/latin_america/mexico_index.html
/5 Stars

The premier television news program from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) provides detailed archives of its Mexico-specific programs since 1996, which surprisingly are very few in number. While the site is not election-specific, it does boast some of the most telling interviews (in plain text and Real Audio) with political leaders, including President Ernesto Zedillo, Vicente Fox, and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas. Other features review the "war on drugs" and describe the practice of el dedazo, once used to select the PRI's presidential candidates.
Email contact: newshour@pbs.org.

 

International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES)

www.ifes.org/eguide/elecguide.htm
/5 Stars

Backed by the global network of the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), ElectionGuide.Org data are collected, verified, and organized daily at the F. Clifton White Resource Center, the world's largest election-related clearinghouse.

The 2000 elections page - www.ifes.org/eguide/2000.htm - currently doesn't have much information about Mexico, but it's a page to bookmark and visit for references, particularly after the elections.
Email contact: patricio@ifes.org.

 

Other Websites:

Political Parties of Mexico -- About.com
gomexico.about.com/travel/gomexico/msub344.htm
Brief overview of the political system and a good collection of links.

 

Elections 2000 -- Mexico Weekly
www.mexicoweekly.com/vcampaign2.html
Capsule news from an online journal.


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Published or Updated on: January 1, 2000 by Ron Mader © 2008
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