Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Mexican electoral bureaucracy

This may be more than you or your students need to know, but knowing the details might help understand what's going on. This article, from The Washington Post, reads like a textbook explanation.

As usual, the title is a link to the article (just click on it) and the link is posted on the Comparative Government and Politics "del.icio.us" page (just click on that link too), so you can find it even after this blog entry is deep in the archives. I'll also post a link on the "Teaching Comparative" web discussion site in the Mexico forum.

The Mexican Electoral Court and the Federal Judiciary and the 2006 Presidential Election


"Presented on May 18, 2006 at a CSIS Mexico Project event titled "Administering Mexico's 2006 Federal Elections"

"This speech aims at explaining the main features distinguishing the resolution system for electoral disputes which is in force in Mexico, pointing out the institutional role played by the Electoral Court of the Federal Judicial Branch in the 2006 presidential election.

"The current Mexican Resolution System for Electoral Disputes was established in 1996, when both the Constitution and the electoral legislation were amended in order to provide for an Electoral Court of the Federal Judicial Power (to which I will refer simply as the electoral court in what follows) which is empowered to resolve not only every dispute arisen from federal elections..."


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