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Latino Daily News

Sunday July 7, 2013

Election-related Violence in Mexico Leads to 1 Death

At least one person has died in election-related violence Sunday in Mexico, where 15 states are holding gubernatorial, legislative and mayoral elections, officials said.

Ramon Delgado Valencia was killed when unidentified individuals fired shots at the campaign headquarters of Reveriano Perez Vega, the mayoral candidate of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in Coxquihui, a city in the Gulf state of Veracruz, officials told Efe.

The attack occurred around 9:00 a.m. in Coxquihui, where one person was killed and three others were wounded in a shootout on June 17.

Delays in the opening of election precincts were reported in numerous cities across Mexico.

The biggest office up for grabs on Sunday is the governorship of the northwestern state of Baja California, a post that the PRI lost in 1989.

Conservative National Action Party, or PAN, chairman Gustavo Madero said he was unable to vote because of a “trick” that involved moving his election precinct in Chihuahua City to “a false address.”

“They padlocked and chained the precinct where he was supposed to go and put up a change-of-location sign with a false address,” the PAN said in a statement on its Web site that included a video showing Madero trying to enter the closed building.

Some 30 million Mexicans are eligible to vote in the elections and nearly 1,800 offices in 14 states are up for grabs.

A total of 1,348 mayoralties and more than 400 state legislative seats will be in play in the elections, which are being held in Aguascalientes, Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Zacatecas states.