López Obrador’s Election Challenge Rejected

September 1, 2012

Mexico’s highest election court has rejected election runner-up Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s legal challenge to overturn the results of the Mexican presidential election, which Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI party won on July 1st. Shortly following the election, López Obrador accused Peña Nieto of having “engaged in widespread vote-buying and campaign overspending for the election,” as the New York Times reports. On Thursday night the Federal Electoral Tribunal voted unanimously that López Obrador’s team, “had not submitted convincing proof of the accusations.” While this result does not come as a surprise, the public reaction remains to be seen.