Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 10/10/2011
The PRD candidates developed their security and business platforms, as the PRI decided on a February 8th open poll to select its presidential candidate and the PAN approached its own internal selection process. A new poll on the upcoming state election in Michoacán shows the PRI ahead by a significant margin.
Mexico City Mayor and presidential aspirant Marcelo Ebrard has called for the PRD candidate selection process to take place by November 15th. In the meantime, in addition to getting married on October 7th, Ebrard continues to develop his organized crime strategy. At a forum organized by The Economist, he proposed strengthening the Procuraduría General de la República (Attorney General’s Office, or PGR), restricting the role of the military, and creating state police forces, similar to the unified police force in Mexico City. He also emphasized the fundamental importance of economic growth in combating the underlying causes of organized crime.
For his part, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will be speaking at the Mexico Institute tomorrow (Tuesday, October 11th) about his vision for Mexico: watch the event live from 10:00-11:15am EST. Last week, AMLO meet with business leaders in Monterrey, Nuevo León, taking a less “confrontational tone” than in the past, according to a Reforma article. According to the press, AMLO may be seeking to address the concerns of many in the business community about his politics and tactics.
The PRI has decided to hold an open primary election on February 8th, 2012 to select its candidate for the presidential contest. The party’s candidates Enrique Peña Nieto and Manlio Fabio Beltrones will begin to present their platforms today (October 10th).
The PAN will determine its internal selection process as early as next week, according to PAN President Gustavo Madero.
A new BGC-Excélsior poll reveals the standings in the Michoacán gubernatorial election to take place on November 13th. The PRI and Green Party candidate, Fausto Vallejo, leads with 39 percent of the intended vote, followed by the PRD’s Silvano Aureoles with 35 percent. Luis María Calderón, President Calderón’s sister, trails for the PAN with 26 percent. The debate amongst candidates has focused primarily on security issues, with the candidates agreeing about the urgent need to address insecurity but differing in their proposed solutions (more on their platforms can be found in this El Universal article).