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July 05, 2012


Mexican Election Tainted by Claims of Vote Buying

Peña Nieto's win in Mexico's presidential election was tainted by "the heavy hand and dirty tricks associated with his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico for seven decades until 2000," the Washington Post reports.

"PRI activists allegedly handed out prepaid gift cards from the grocery chain Soriana to voters in some districts, according to amateur videos broadcast Wednesday on Mexican television networks and reports in Mexican media. The alleged card recipients mobbed at least one store on the outskirts of Mexico City in a panic after rumors spread that the cards would be invalidated... each card was worth 100 pesos, about $7.50."

Said one election watchdog: "It was perhaps the biggest operation of vote-buying and coercion in the country's history."












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