Citizen Advisor je IFE Nuevo Leon
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, July 4, 2012
My name is Carlos Quiroz Gabriel Sanchez. I am a citizen electoral counselor District 6 Federal Electoral Institute in Nuevo Leon.
I decide to take the floor to voice my concern over allegations of electoral fraud in the election of President of the United Mexican States that have been publicly reported in our federal state and the republic. I think to get this text at all levels of the Federal Electoral Institute and make it public.
I speak in my capacity as a director election, since it assumes that as a citizen in turn serve the citizens who would like to monitor and speak out about the electoral process, but due to time for work responsibilities, family, student, health or other nature can not do. Or that by simple logic of numbers would be ineffective to have hundreds, thousands or millions of citizens with the rights of a counselor. Therefore counselors should be the microphone, eyes and ears of citizens.
So I'll do the best to reproduce the information and opinions are communicating a highly significant number of citizens for social media, protests, marches, statements to the media, publications and directly to me. I apologize and make the observation that lack of time I have not been able to document all this methodologically.
The charges themselves are not evidence of crimes or system failures. But the perception that has been generated on the IFE and the electoral process deserves attention and decisive action of electoral institutions. Whether much or as little validity of the charges, the volume and gravity are in themselves a political crisis that questions the legitimacy of our entire political system.
Let me repeat this point. Is questioning the legitimacy of our entire political system. That is sufficient cause to initiate a thorough and urgent the effectiveness and integrity of our electoral system.
In other words, we need to respond thoughtfully, "Is our electoral system to fulfill its mission to organize and validate the choice of democratically elected representatives?".
And if not, then what IS what you are doing?
In a way the citizens should be the customers for whom the electoral system works and should be satisfied. If you are not serving the citizens, to whom he is serving? Who is leaving satisfied?
Let's review the warning signs and discontent.
1. Vote buying. Abundant reports by election observers and citizens on vote buying in private homes, parties and outside facilities or near boxes. There are sporadic reports but throughout the country. Circulating a video called "Ladies PRI Angry for Not Getting Paid Part-Azcapotzalco PRI" on Azcapotzalco in Mexico City. Reports around the country for payments of 500, 750, 1000, 1200, 1500 and 4mil pesos.
2. Gifts for votes. Reports of gifts of all kinds. Highlight the cards of different types, including Soriana cards donated by the Institutional Revolutionary Party that triggered panic buying by rumors of cancellation. From page No embargo.mx read the case of the Soriana store on the hill Juan Escutia in Mexico City where hundreds of people tried to pay for merchandise with these cards which were supposed to have a balance of 500 thousand pesos or but to check the balance did not have that amount. I also received a report of gift phones.
3. Accarreo. Numerous reports, including the Civic Alliance of the results of their national election observation published on July 3 which indicates "the reports said there were hauling in 14% of the cells observed in all states." States they observed were Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Mexico City, Mexico, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Veracruz and Yucatan.
4. Coercion of the vote. Reports of vote coercion through intimidation, threats of job consequences or threats of physical violence outside of the boxes. A report of men armed with sticks out of a box and were threatened that if voters did not vote for a party and knew what would happen.
5. Violation of the secret ballot. Situations in which he questioned the voters for whom they would vote or who voted. I call attention to what is included in the same report mentioned above Civic Alliance which reported that 21% of the cells observed was reported that citizens could not vote in secret and I quote: "We note that the main deficiency was accompanying children using different citizens to vote on different occasions called falcons, in the State of Mexico, Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Jalisco. There were people with lists of voters, who were palomeando (other than the voters list), or had people talking in the row or before the arrival to citizens, doing some form of pressure. "The same report states" The pressure was in favor of the PRI-PVEM by 71%, 17% for the PAN, 9% for the PRD, and 3% for the Beehive. "
6. Campaign spending. The perception of excessive spending and even illegal campaign along with the impression that the Federal Electoral Institute did not act assertively to investigate or stop it. Many citizens also have the perception that many campaigns are funded by drug money. The widespread belief of diverting public resources.
7. Favoritism and manipulation of information on media. Accusations that the media, particularly television and newspapers favored the campaign Enrique Peña Nieto of the coalition commitment by Mexico.
8. Handling of surveys / polls as propaganda. Dissatisfaction from weeks before election day in which citizens perceive that popular surveys such as that promoted by the Millennium group Consulta Mitofsky were wrong or were simply dishonest.
9. Electoral violence. Attacks on Protestants during the campaigns, assaults and murders against election observers, including the murder of Thomas Betancur Gaytan, coordinator of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) in the municipality of Juarez in Nuevo Leon here.
10. Theft polls. Incidents in different states of theft by force of polls over the course of election day. As was the case in section 1513 of this district.
11. Payment of field representatives. Reports of a high investment in hiring field representatives and general representatives to have representatives in almost all fields of the country.
12. Passivity of the Federal Electoral Institute and FEPADE. Feeling that the IFE does not have the initiative to put the magnifying glass or enforce the law. To evade confrontation with the parties or complicity. That the Special Prosecutor has no interest in detecting and investigating crimes election.
13. Leftover ballots and duplicate pages. Mistrust left over ballots sent to districts to build the ballot boxes. Detection of duplicate pages.
14. Ballot boxes in the hands of supporters of political parties. Videos, photos and testimony from ballot boxes in the hands of members or supporters of political parties.
15. Special pencils for voting. Mistrust of the pencil for possible easily to be erased. Distrust that is just a pencil.
16. The Preliminary Electoral Results Program (PREP). PREP distrust and suspicion of manipulation of the data presented as are the differences between the minutes, the blankets of results and data in the PREP. Reviews of boxes showing citizen participation rates above 100% and sometimes up to 300% percent or more. What should be an instrument for building confidence of the results is now a major source of uncertainty.
17. Coordination of the message of President Leonardo Valdés Zurita counselor with the congratulatory message of President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa. Suspicion and discontent about the message of the quick count results followed by the congratulations of the President of the United Mexican States to the candidate Enrique Peña Nieto. Considered an implicit declaration of victory in the elections, when it is up to the Electoral Tribunal. Suspicions of negotiation between the President of Mexico or the National Action Party and the Institutional Revolutionary Party.
If true enough of these allegations, the implications are that the Federal Electoral Institute is a wash of votes. In which it enters the system, say vote-buying, manipulation of public perception, coercion, hauling, etc.. is made up in an intermediate process validated by the work of polling officials and district and local councils to give legitimacy and luster.
This would make the polling officials and all citizens who work in good faith in the IFE both victims as facilitators of a great delusion in which the citizen unwittingly helps corrupt public servants to reach positions of power. In other words, we would be organizing a simulation of democracy to have a bye to our pockets with our taxes when we would be ourselves who are pavimentemos the way for most of us abuse. In which our taxes are used to reach places to stay with even more of our taxes.
That would then be an even bigger fraud, and to be official box is a civic duty without pay, out of the little support they receive food on election day.
That would be incredibly sad. Because as my work as an election observer in the process of 2009 I had the opportunity to meet many staff participation happy despite the heat in Nuevo Leon. And because the last few months I have known trainers, supervisors, technicians, assistants and members who believe in democracy, believe in people and spend hours in the sun, hours on the streets going from house to house, buying food for staff while losing, waking up early, having trouble at home by the time they devote to their work, neglecting their families and often neglect their own health.
The cost is also paid another personally. Those working in the IFE, or have any connection with the institute since before this election, and we received comments from others that the IFE is corrupt, sometimes even asking if we are too. The image of the IFE is so bad that he personally started thinking twice before in recent months to tell others that I was a counselor electoral tired of getting that kind of derogatory comments. What should be a reason of pride is growing because of shame.
But if most of these accusations are wrong, then the electoral institutions must do a better job of communicating why and how what you're doing. Explain and demonstrate by example how the PREP quick count and are reliable despite errors are detected. What you are doing well is not enough that some know it, you have to prove.
The sum of all this is that I see two probable realities. Or someone conspired to do something terrible to Mexico or the country is experiencing a state of hysteria in which hallucinations happened massive electoral fraud. Which should give you enough work of both the IFE, citizens and psychologists to discover what degree each is true.
If the reality is that there was a conspiracy to deceive the citizens, I repeat, we must take appropriate action.
Personally I get upset and I apologize. As electoral adviser should have been more proactive, I should spend more time in the field, I should look for incidents.
Humility is not a sin. Humility can cause us shame but knowing that something was done wrong by accident or omission have the opportunity to change even if it hurts, even if we admit that we are not people who thought we were. Because it is the only way we will become people who want to be. In the institution we want to be. And at home we want to be.
I call on every citizen who knows anything that has any bit of truth in your hands or on the tip of the tongue, which it made public. I call any member of the Professional Service of the IFE, counselors, supervisors, trainers or any employee within the institute that has detected the internal irregularities publicly denounce. I plead. I also beg you do everything in their hands to start a sincere process of evaluation of the institute so as not to repeat what is happening.
I ask the political parties and our elected legislators to do everything possible to implement reforms in the institutions and the electoral law. I also pray that if they are aware of electoral crimes that happened within their own parties to denounce it in public and make every effort to transform their own parties. I believe that anyone who would like to see justice would allow herself to be an accomplice of a party committed electoral crimes. That would report or denounce. Or give up his party by incompatibility of values.
Do not wait for permission to do the right thing. Give yourself permission yourself.
I appreciate your time and attention.