Friday, June 23, 2006Important but less interesting news
Ugalde, who heads the government body that certifies elections in Mexico (IFE), has said that he will announce the results of the 'quick count' at 11pm the night of the election. Of course, his announcment may be that the race is too close to call, but he has committed to give a progress report of the count and vote shares, nonetheless. The IFE has also gone through several simulated vote counts over the last month to ensure that there can be no electronic irregularities during the count. [Of course, this is an oblique reference to the computer malfunction in 1988, which lasted a week and, some argue, was used as a cover for the PRI and Salinas to steal the election from Cardenas.]
At the same time, the Secretary of State is working with the parties to ensure that no one claims victory prematurely on election night.
posted by Michelle @ 12:10 PM,