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  • Last week's elections in Mexico took place in a context of violence and disillusion.

    Last week's elections in Mexico took place in a context of violence and disillusion. | Photo: Reuters

Published 15 June 2015

President Peña Nieto’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) scraped a majority in elections marred by violence and protests around the country.

Thousands of people marched Sunday in Ecatepec, in the central State of Mexico, to demand the annulment of last week’s June 7 elections that took place across the country.

A few hundred people also gathered in the center of the state’s capital Toluca to protest against alleged corruption in the election process in nearby Metepec and Zinacantepec.

Supporters of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) are rejecting the midterm results, alleging they were rigged and that votes were bought with the complicity of the electoral authorities working with the ruling party PRI. Allegations that the PRI spent more than US$6.4 million when the budget was limited to US$1.8 million, while offering money and digital displays to all who voted for them.

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PRD mayoral candidate Octavio Martínez Vargas led the march and addressed the crowd, saying that 40 percent of polling officials had not shown up for duty because “municipal authorities and PRI representatives offered them money to not come.”

In Toluca, candidates, citizens and activists from the conservative and right-wing National Action Party (PAN) and centrist Humanist Party walked with placards reading “electoral fraud” and “PRI out.”

At least 20 people were killed in election campaign violence and protesters have been taking to the street against fraud and corruption.

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