Ruling party leads in Mexico mid-term elections

In an election marred by sporadic violence, Mexican President IRP has won around 30 percent of the vote and sees its number of seats drop slightly on national election

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has won 30 percent of the votes for the lower house of Congress after mid-term elections held amid widespread anger over corruption, gang violence and weak economic growth.

However, the PRI will see its number of seats drop slightly with the conservative National Action Party winning about 22 percent.

Millions of Mexican citizens headed to the polls on Sunday, under the cloak of violence, for thousands of public offices, including all 500 members of the the lower house of Congress, hundreds of mayors, and nine state governors.

By early Monday morning, with nearly three-quarters of polling station returns, preliminary results showed that president’s party and its allies look set to win between 246 and 263 seats in the lower chamber.

Meanwhile, Mexican voters appeared to elect the nation’s first independent governor Jaime Rodriguez Calderon.

Known as an outspoken rancher, Calderon has become the first independent to win a state governorship.

At least seven candidates and nine campaign officials were murdered during the campaign blighted by drug cartel intimidation and a dissident teachers’ union protesting against education reforms.

A splinter teachers union as well as relatives of Mexico’s disappeared also spread chaos by burning ballots and attacking the offices of local political parties, among other acts.

TRTWorld and agencies