1. The National Electoral Institute (INE) confirmed that Margarita Zavala, former member of the National Action Party (PAN), is the only independent candidate to have received the proper accreditation to run as an independent in the 2018 presidential election. Benito Nacif, an INE advisor, confirmed that Margarita Zavala received 870,168 citizen signatures across twenty-one of Mexico’s federal entities. The National Electoral Institute (INE) will officially confirm all candidates who will be in the ballot on March 29th.
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2. Mexico’s Federal Electoral Tribunal (TEPJF) praised the National Electoral Institute’s (INE) decision to implement a fast track vote counting process. The INE will use an operations sheet (hoja de operaciones) that will record the following information for each precinct: election results, null votes, unused ballots, incidents, and any other relevant information. The Mexican Green Ecological Party (PVEM) appealed the INE’s decision to the Federal Electoral Tribunal, stating that the fast track vote counting process would impact the precinct’s scrutiny and calculation of the votes.
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3. It is expected to take two years to transition operations from Mexico City International Airport (AICM) to the International Airport of Mexico (NAIM). Federico Patiño, the director general of Airport Group of Mexico City (GACM) who oversees the NAIM project, stated that once the airport’s infrastructure is complete operations will being “almost immediately.” Yet, Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced he is preparing legal protections to stop the federal government from awarding contracts to build the new airport.
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4. In a unanimous vote, the Electoral Tribunal (TEPJF) ruled that photocopies of voter ID cards would not be accepted as a means to gather citizen support for independent candidates seeking public office. The tribunal’s decision comes after reviewing the legal challenge presented by an aspiring independent candidate from Michoacán. The legal challenge resolution issued by the Electoral Tribunal stated that an original voter ID card must be present when supporting the independent candidates.
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