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Monday, July 10, 2006

The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is Manuel Lopez Obrador. The former Mexico City Mayor continues to challenge the recent Presidential election results.

One of my favorite bloggers Dr. Steven Taylor has written extensively on the election. His most most recent post is here. Lopez Obrador's threats of upheval if he doesn't get his way tops the conduct of the Democrats after the 2000 election here. None of this bodes well for Mexico. EU monitors say the election was fair but Lopez Obrador can't accept the result.

For being a sore loser, Manuel Lopez Obrador is today's Knucklehead of the day.

Also blogging on the election controversy- Don Surber, Below the Beltway,
Open Post- Jo's Cafe, Bright & Early, Cao's Blog, Bloggin Outloud, Third World County, Mudville Gazette,

Mexico's leading leftist presidential candidate asked the country's top electoral court late Sunday to order a ballot-by-ballot recount of last week's election, as his party turned over nine boxes of evidence of alleged fraud and dirty campaign practices.


The 900-page claim alleged that some polling places had more votes than registered voters, the ruling party funneled government money to conservative Felipe Calderon's campaign and exceeded spending limits, and a software program was used to skew initial vote-count reports.

"We have proof that basic rules were flagrantly violated," said Ricardo Monreal, a representative for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who lost the July 2 election to Calderon by a razor-thin margin.

Mexico's Federal Electoral Court will review the case, which includes videos, campaign propaganda and electoral documents. The court has until Sept. 6 to declare a winner.

The legal challenge came a day after Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor, held a mammoth rally in Mexico City's historic center and called on his followers to help overturn Calderon's narrow victory. Lopez Obrador isn't seeking to annul the election, but to force authorities to conduct a manual recount of all 41 million ballots.

"This was a very irregular election and we are asking that they count vote by vote to legitimize the president elect," Gerardo Fernandez, a spokesman for Lopez Obrador's Democratic Revolution Party, said outside the tribunal Sunday night as he waited for lawyers to arrive.

"We won't recognize Calderon's triumph unless they legitimize the election," he said.

Election officials said Thursday that Felipe Calderon beat Lopez Obrador by less than 244,000 votes in the July 2 election — or a margin of just 0.6 percent.

But Lopez Obrador contends some of his votes weren't counted or were voided without reason. He has millions of devoted followers who believe only he can help Mexico's poor and downtrodden, and he has long used street protests to pressure the government and courts.

Lopez Obrador's claims also include allegations that President Vicente Fox used government funds to support Calderon, the candidate of Fox's conservative National Action Party.


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