[Marxism] Mexico's election - like US's - Stealing It in Front of Your Eyes

Ralph Johansen mdriscoll at earthlink.net
Mon Jul 3 13:20:20 MDT 2006


Stealing It in Front of Your Eyes
By Matt Pascarella and Greg Palast
GregPalast.com
Monday 03 July 2006

Gore vs. Bush. Kerry vs. Bush. Lopez Obrador vs. Calderon.

As in Florida in 2000, as in Ohio in 2004, the exit polls show the 
voters voted for the progressive candidate, but the race is "officially" 
too close to call.

But they will call it - after they steal it. Reuters News agency reports 
that, as of 8pm Eastern time, as voting concluded in Mexico, exit polls 
show Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the "left-wing" Party of the 
Democratic Revolution (PRD) leading in exit polls over Felipe Calderon 
of the ruling conservative National Action Party (PAN).

We've said again and again: Exit polls tell us how voters say they 
voted, but the voters can't tell pollsters if their vote will be 
counted. In Mexico, counting the vote is an art, not a science - and 
Calderon's ruling crew is very artful indeed. The PAN-controlled 
official electoral commission, not surprisingly, has announced that the 
presidential tally is too close to call.

Calderon's election is openly supported by the Bush Administration.

On the ground in Mexico City, our news team reports accusations from 
inside the Obrador campaign that operatives of the PAN had access to 
voter files which are supposed to be the sole property of the nation's 
electoral commission.

We are not surprised.

This past Friday, we reported that the US Federal Bureau of 
Investigation had obtained Mexico's voter files under a secret 
"counterterrorism" contract with database company ChoicePoint of 
Alpharetta, Georgia. (See Bush Team Helps Ruling Party "Floridize" 
Mexican Presidential Election.)

The FBI's contractor states that, following the arrest of ChoicePoint 
agents by the Mexican government, the company returned or destroyed its 
files. The firm claims not to have known collecting this information 
violated Mexican law. Such files can be useful in challenging a voter's 
right to cast a ballot or in preventing that vote from counting.

It is, of course, impossible to know if the FBI destroyed its own copy 
of the files of Mexico's voter rolls obtained by Choicepoint or if these 
were then used to illegally assist the Calderon candidacy. But we can 
see the results: as in the US, first in Florida then in Ohio, the exit 
polls are at odds with "official" polls.

In November 2004, US Republican Senator Richard Lugar, in Kiev, cited 
the divergence of exit polls and official polls as solid evidence of 
"blatant fraud" in the vote count in Ukraine. As a result, the Bush 
Administration refused to recognize the Ukraine government's official 
vote tally … which proves once again that Republicans are incapable of 
irony.

The foreign mainstream press has already announced, despite the polling 
discrepancies, that Mexico's elections were fair and clean - which would 
be a first for that country where Lopez Obrador's party has seen its 
candidates defeated by "blatant fraud" before. The change this time is 
that the fraud is simply less blatant.




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