By Eric L. Olson and Gabriella Ippolito
On July 1st 2012 Mexicans went to the polls in record numbers to elect a new President, 128 Senators, 500 congressional representatives (Deputies) six governors and the Mayor of Mexico City. According to the official results certified by Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI) received the most votes for president with 38.2%, followed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD/PT) with 31.6%, Josefina Vázquez Mota (PAN) with 25.4%, and Gabriel Quadri (PANAL) with 2.29%.
But despite these results, the story is not over yet. Representatives from all three parties have filed complaints with Mexico’s Federal Electoral Tribunal (TEPJF) alleging that campaign laws were violated. That means that despite receiving numerous congratulatory calls from foreign heads of state (including President Obama), and being received by current president Felipe Calderón at the presidential office at Los Pinos to discuss the transition, Enrique Peña Nieto cannot be considered Mexico’s president-elect until the TEPJF rules on the various allegations.
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