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It’s not if you win or lose…

20 July 2012

Perhaps the most critical moment in establishing the credibility of the Parliamentary process happens before Parliament even opens: namely, the people’s participation in a free, fair, inclusive electoral process.

Aung San Suu Kyi, in a speech to the British House of Commons (21 June, 2012)

Reading the foreign (and much of the Mexican) press, one gets the sense that what is going on here is an attempt to annul the election of Enrique Peña Nieto or to install AMLO in the Presidency.  I don’t say that isn’t a goal among some of those making complaints, but it seems a secondary goal to something much more important:  the credibility of the electoral process itself.

While representative parliaments chosen by geographical region and an elected chief executive are not the only possible forms of democracy, that is the system under which Mexico is governed.  The issue right now is less which candidate received the most valid votes for the chief executive position, but whether the people participated in a free, fair, inclusive electoral process.

If not, people will consider alternatives.

 

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  1. 20 July 2012 9:08 pm

    I don’t think most people realize how vital it is that a population believes that they are properly represented. This film on the London riots makes it clear how thin the veneer has become in even the most civilized societies. Why should people who believe that their wishes have been callously overridden by a morally-bankrupt oligarchy have any allegiance whatsoever to the Estado de Derecho? In the London riots, people actually came back from holiday for the express purpose of getting revenge on police who had humiliated them. If Mexico gets to that point, no force on earth will maintain the oligarchs.

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