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Legal battle over Chapala election drags on

Dissatisfied with the August 31 decision of Jalisco’s Electoral Tribunal (Triejal) to uphold the election of Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) candidate Moisés Anaya as Chapala’s next mayor, representatives of two opposing parties have filed appeals with the regional chamber of the Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación (TEPJF) for a definitive ruling.

Speaking out this week on behalf of Nacional Action Party (PAN) candidate Alejandro Aguirre, the party’s Jalisco president Miguel Angel Martínez declared that the Triejal erred in rejecting arguments for tossing out vote counts from polling stations where alleged irregularities occurred which would have given Aguirre the edge over Anaya.

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Taking a different approach, Antonio Manzano, legal representative of Chapala’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and candidate Javier Degollado, is calling on the federal tribunal to annul the election outright and order a do-over vote.

The TEPJF has a September 25 deadline to reach a decision.

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