Jul 5, 2009, 5:56 AM
Post #2 of 12
Yeah, election regulations are certainly different (from the US at least) here. Since July 2, even newspapers have not been publishing any information on the candidates (in news stories, for example), just general information on the election. But I'm amazed to hear that the ban goes so far as to black out international TV channels!
One local weekly rag, which has a very anti-state government political slant, did apparently try to distribute some papers with political info. Six young vendors were arrested by the municipal police (Tizimin, Yucatan), then taken to the state capital (Merida, some 100 km away), and eventually released the next day after the election board determined there was no infraction. The opposition senators are championing the vendors cause, whereas the party in power has lodged a new complaint with the election authorities.
Even the candidates web sites (which one must CHOOSE to go to) must be closed down the three days before the election.
Accusations of election fraud, or coercion, seem to be the pastime of choice these days.
I might add that (at least in the Yucatan diputado race), there is so little of substance (proposals, specifics regarding controversial issues) presented by (most of) the candidates or parties that it's hard to see how it would influence any thinking voter....(operative word, "thinking").