Watered-down electoral reforms advance in Mexico

By Kendal Blust
Published: Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 2:58pm
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A proposal that would, in part, reduce funding to Mexico’s electoral agency is advancing through Congress. It comes after a more substantial reform had failed.

Lawmakers in Mexico’s lower house of Congress blocked a controversial constitutional reform that would have made significant changes to the country’s electoral oversight agency. The reform would have required the approval of two-thirds of congress.

However, the ruling Morena party and its allies were able to pass a watered-down proposal — which has been dubbed “Plan B” — by a simple majority. It now moves to the Senate, where it is also expected to pass.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been the driving force behind the reforms, and said this week that while he expects continued pushback to the changes, he won't stop fighting to implement them.

The new plan would significantly reduce the electoral institute’s funding. It could also make it easier for Mexicans abroad to vote online.

The original constitutional reform proposed by López Obrador would have cut the number of national legislators and put leaders of the country’s electoral institute to a popular vote.

Opposition to it was the rallying cry of one of the largest nationwide protests seen so far during López Obrador’s administration.

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