BTS 7/11/06: Mexican Election

Listen: Claudio Albertani - Francisco Portillo / Bolivar Huerta - Octavio Araujo (trans: Madeleine Rios)

Tonight we go beneath the surface on the Mexican election of July 2 that resulted in a virtual tie. Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN) is the presumed victor with a razor thin advantage over the PRD’s (Democratic Revolution Party) Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Roberto Madrazo of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) trailed behind, marking an historical collapse of this formerly hegemonic political force that lost the Presidency in 2000 and just about everything else in this election.

Lopez Obrador, or AMLO, has filed a legal challenge with the Federal Electoral Tribunal or TRIFE, and filled the Zocalo on Saturday with his supporters. Lopez Obrador has demanded a vote by vote recount, not permitted by the Mexican Electoral Code which only allows the sealed box tallies to be recounted. As a result, Mexico’s election results will probably not be known until early September.

To help us understand the Mexican election, we begin with Claudio Albertani, followed by mathematical physicist and number theorist Francisco Portillo and Bolivar Huerta who have analyzed the count and found inconsistencies they are calling cybernetic fraud; and finally, Octavio Araujo* has called for a defense of the vote and explains what that means.

* = Translation is provided on Octavio Araujo's interview by Madeleine Rios.

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1. Claudio Albertani is an Italian living in Mexico, who teaches at UNAM (National University of Mexico).

2. Francisco Portillo and Bolívar Huerta are researchers for the Institute of Mathematics at UNAM (National University of Mexico). Francisco Portillo did his doctorate at the University of Texas, Austin, in numbers theory and Bolivar Huerta is a mathematical physicist. Their research was cited in an article on July 7 in La Jornada by Jaime Aviles calling the result a product of cybernetic fraud produced by the application of an algorithm, not the will of the citizenry.

3. Octavio Araujo is Professor Emeritus at UNAM (National University of Mexico) and author of several books, and is a regular contributor to La Jornada.