Stay Home Wins in Oaxaca Election, PRI Retains Power

 
In Sunday elections in Oaxaca, close to 80% of the electorate elected not to vote, meaning that the candidates of PRI (the party of murderous dictator Ulises Ruiz, which has long held power) won all open offices. The overwhelming lack of participation was somewhat unexpected, given APPO's (Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca) call for a punishment vote against the ruling party.

Reports:
por Centro de Medios Libres: Al menos ocho de cada diez ciudadanos oaxaqueños convocados a las urnas (2 millones 383 mil 667), despreciaron la vía electoral como el medio para “dirimir sus diferencias”. Con más del 60 por ciento de las casillas computadas, el nivel de abstencionismo ronda el 80 por ciento, superando todos los pronósticos, que señalaban que el mismo sería del 40 por ciento.--Leer Mas--

por El ChicoZapote: Ya que terminó el “ejercicio democrático” de ayer, estamos de vuelta en la normalidad autoritaria. Obviamente nunca salimos de ella, y la elección, tan costosa, fue parte de esta realidad autoritaria. Y por eso la gran mayoría de la ciudadanía, el 70%, no votó, no entró a este juego. Aunque los tachan de desobligados, de ignorantes, de antidemocráticos, la verdad es que el abstencionismo se debe al hecho que la mayoría no encuentra un lugar dentro de las instituciones políticas: la percepción de las instituciones, y de la “democracia” electoral es de profunda desconfianza, de rechazo, de asco. El acto de votar es visto como ejercicio de legitimación de un sistema deplorable, o simplemente como perdida de tiempo, que al final es lo mismo.--Leer Mas--

from South Notes: Although the preliminary results are still being tallied, it’s already apparent that the big winner in today’s legislative elections is “none of the above”. At just after midnight local time, the State Electoral Institute showed that 75% of the electorate chose not to vote today. [Note: That number may change as more ballots are tallied.] --Read More--

from Barucha Calamity Peller: Last night, while the votes were being counted that confirmed a PRI sweep of the state legistlative elections, three people were taken off the streets of the Zocalo in Oaxaca City by police at approximately 10 pm. Among them were two Catalans and one Mexican woman...[the detainees apparently have been accounted for] The elections, in which almost 80% of the Oaxacan population abstained from voting, came as a dissapointment for the APPO’s “punishment vote” campaign against the PRI.--Read More--

Background:
from Barucha Calamity Peller: Has the world forgotten about Oaxaca? Political activity, from repression to organizing, is still just as present as when the Oaxaca uprising was visible in the streets, but with the appearance of normalcy in Oaxaca City it seems that many of us have begun the process of forgetting or assuming that the Oaxaca struggle is over. --Read More--

from South Notes: Mexico’s Ejercito Revolucionario Popular (EPR) guerrilla group has claimed responsibility for the two explosive devices found in Oaxaca City yesterday. One of the devices damaged the shuttered front entrance of the Sears department store in the Plaza del Valle shopping center district, while the other (placed in a Banamex branch in a different neighborhood) did not detonate. --Read More--

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