Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 12/19/2011
Josefina Vázquez Mota has a substantial lead over her two competitors for the PAN nomination, according to a new poll. Enrique Peña Nieto names his campaign coordinator, while the Mexican Congress finally selects candidates for the open seats in the Federal Electoral Institute.
According to a new poll, Josefina Vázquez Mota has a substantial lead over her competitors, Santiago Creel and Ernesto Cordero. She now has the support of 62 percent of PAN activists and supports, the members will decide the internal primary election in February. Cordero trails with 15 percent and Creel with 14 percent. This is her largest lead yet.
Enrique Peña Nieto has named Luis Videgaray as his campaign coordinator. The former finance minister for the State of Mexico and former chair of the budget committee in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies spoke at the Wilson Center on February 10, 2011 about Mexico’s economic future.
After 14 months of delays, the Mexican Congress has finally named candidates for three citizen seats in the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE). By law, the IFE must have nine citizen members.
In the past, the parties in Congress pushed candidates who were seen as favoring their sides. This time, according to Mexico Institute Director Andrew Selee, they selected “heavyweights with strong independent streaks.” This may, according to Selee, “reflect a desire in the party leaderships, especially the new PRI leadership, to have an independent IFE that brings credibility to the elections, rather than a weak electoral body.”