President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured that the National Agreement for Democracy –who signed this afternoon together with the governors– It is not something unnecessary, since he pointed out that all local leaders must help ensure clean elections are guaranteed, and stated that, despite the fact that the National Electoral Institute (INE) was not invited, he has to do his job properly, and not turn a blind eye to electoral fraud as, he assured, he did in the past.
“If is one National Agreement for DemocracyPresident, was it not necessary or convenient to participate or summon the INE or the electoral authorities? ”he was asked.
“The OTHER he has to do his job properly, but we are in a new stage and, I repeat, you cannot put new wine in old bottles ”.
At a press conference, the head of the federal Executive pointed out that this agreement seeks that the budget is no longer used for electoral purposes “that pantries are not distributed, that the vote is not bought with money, that the vote is not threatened, that they are not conditioned the social programs to vote, “that there is no ‘carousel’, ‘pregnant ballot boxes’, that the deceased no longer vote, that the minutes are not falsified”.
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“All this that was happening, which is a shame, that the INE did not see either, even those who are there, who turned a blind eye,” he said.
In the National Palace, the president stated that this agreement will make a great contribution to the freedom of these elections. “It is quite an event, it is a before and after, a watershed”.
He asked the population to help monitor the electoral process and report any irregularities, and recalled that the electoral fraud is already considered a serious crime and that he is not entitled to bail.
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“If it is shown that a electoral crime, the person goes to jail and does not have the right to bail, because the Constitution has already been modified, it is already a serious crime.
“So, let it be known and let those above know it, and let the operators know it, because maybe the so-called ‘electoral raccoons’ are not informed and think that it will be the same as always. Well no, no, “he added.