Human Rights Watch warns against Mexico's 'regressive' electoral changes

Human Rights Watch warns against Mexico’s ‘regressive’ electoral changes

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A prominent rights group called on Mexican lawmakers on Monday to vote against a proposal to overhaul the electoral system, warning that it could seriously undermine the independence of electoral officials, jeopardizing free and fair elections. Can fall in

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s proposal to reform Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) would cut the INE’s budget and change the way election officials are elected.

If Congress approves the reform, candidates for the INE’s board would be put forward by the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government in what critics see as a power grab by the president because of his influence over those bodies.

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