“The most notorious pre-election allegation was that the PRI distributed huge numbers of cards for pre-paid purchases at the Soriana supermarket chain in return for votes. This appeared to be confirmed this week when shoppers rushed to use the cards, worth between 100 and 700 pesos (£5 to £35). Soriana has denied any wrongdoing.
Other alleged irregularities include the PRI’s use of children to accompany voters into polling booths to check how they mark their ballots, reported by the Mexican organisation Civic Alliance. The group issued a report saying 28% of those interviewed by its 500 observers across the country had been exposed to some form of vote-buying or coercion. Gift-giving during electoral campaigns is permitted but making it conditional on votes is illegal.”
“This election, however, has exposed these practices as never before thanks to the explosion of mobile phone ownership and social media, as well as the activism of the new anti-PRI student movement that erupted in May.”
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