Mexico’s electoral process initiated this month. Even though midterm elections take place in June 2021, the stakes are high, and many believe, including out guest Luis Carlos Ugalde, former head of Mexico´s Federal Electoral Institute who spoke with Ana Maria Salazar on September 12, 2020. This year at least 106 political groups have requested registration, but only one of those groups was able to fulfill the requirements to be considered a party and participate in the next year’s elections. Will President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, his party, and his allies have control, once again, of the «Cámara de Diputados»?
Yet, according to political observers — and even INE Official Councilor Marco Baños — there are only five of the 106 organizations that may get on board for participation in the 2021 midterm elections, in which the 500-member Chamber of Deputies will be renewed, 16 gubernatorial races will he decided and over 2,000 municipal mayors and state assemblies will be elected.
Two of these organizations that are very close to making the grade are parties that lost their right to participate two years ago because they did not meet the minimum 3 percent of the registered vote count in 2018.
One of them is the National Education Workers Union, backed by the New Alliance Party (Panal), and the other is the Social Encounter Party (PES), backed by protestant churches. In fact, in the current Mexican Congress, the PES wields both deputies and senators, but still, did not get enough votes in the 2018 elections to stay registered.
Three more potential registrations are the Progressive Social Networks, which ironically, is being founded by teachers’ union leader Elba Esther Gordillo, who also founded Panal in 2007.