ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/EDITOR
The electoral process in Mexico will cost 7 thousand 144 million 961 thousand 645 pesos, said the Executive Spokeswoman of the National Electoral Institute in Baja California, said Maria Luisa Flores who added that she wasn’t able to give more figures and specific information such as amount of public funds for political parties and expenses for vote promotion and civic participation, this goes to show a lack of internal information in the National Electoral Institute.
Regarding the use of cell phones to take pictures of ballots in order to collect different amounts of money in exchange of voting for one specific party or candidate, she said: “As far as I remember, it is the president of the electoral booth who determines or prohibits citizens to enter and vote using their cellular phone”.
The problem is that people want to take pictures of their vote so they can sell it to the political parties that pay good money to the people if they can prove they voted for the party’s candidate, this is a common practice in Mexico.
Obviously there are people who think that it’s a violation of human rights, not to allow people to enter and vote with their cell phones, there is a legal precedent which prevents the national electoral Institute from setting the condition of getting into the voting booth without the phone.
“Even the Supreme Court of the Republic in administrative procedures has determined that we couldn’t forbid the use of cell phones, all we can do is ask them to remember the relevance of elections and to avoid entering the voting booth with their cell phones”, she finally said.