Death by Video: Mexico’s Election Fraud Is Coming Undone
Video and Audio Evidence, an Outraged Citizenry, and Panic from the White House Are Converging to Make López Obrador the Next Mexican President
By Al Giordano
Part III of a Special Series for The Narco News Bulletin
July 11, 2006
At six p.m. last night, Monday, July 10, neighbors of the office of the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE, in its Spanish initials) in Comalcalco, Tabasco, witnessed a crime against democracy. They didn’t just stand there. They did something about it. And this one small example of the fighting spirit of the Mexican people explains why the historic presidential election fraud of July 2, 2006 will not stand.
Nine days after the fact, neither the IFE, nor President Vicente Fox, nor his National Action Party (PAN), nor their candidate Felipe Calderón, nor the Commercial Media at their service, have been able to reassert control over the juggernaut of facts, audio and video evidence, and public outrage that today tramples their anti-democratic gambit. The Fraud of 2006, and those who attempted it, are drowning under an authentically democratic tide. Take, for example, what just occurred in the Tabasco town of Comalcalco.
A picture saves 70,000 votes: Monday night in Comalcalco, Tabasco.
Photo: D.R. 2006 La Jornada
Where are the soldiers of the Mexican Army that supposedly are guarding the ballot boxes at the 300 IFE offices like this one throughout the country? What about the police? The events last night in Comalcalco reveal the ugly truth: the highest authorities of the nation, in their complicity with an obvious electoral fraud, have forfeited their legitimacy and the people have self-organized to fill the power vacuum. They have converted the IFE offices into a prison for white-collar criminals and have seized the PAN truck that, the neighbors believe, was waiting to carry their votes to democracy’s graveyard.
La Jornada reports:
“The electoral assistants argued that the (IFE) district council president, Tomás Alfonso Castellanos, told them to enter the offices and for that reason the military soldiers that guarded the locale allowed them to enter.”
The IFE electoral district with its seat in Comalcalco delivered a punishing 70,000 vote margin of victory to presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) over the PAN’s Calderón: 73,473 for Obrador vs. only 3,863 for Calderón. Voter turnout in this district, at 70.08 percent, exceeded the national average of 58.9 percent. The PAN has almost no votes to protect in Comalcalco. The PAN party truck – now held by the citizens – was there to haul away and “disappear” the votes cast for Obrador.
When local PRD officials contacted the IFE boss in the Tabasco state capital of Villahermosa, Aída Castillo, to report the tampering of the ballots and ask about the alibi that the IFE had authorized the opening of sealed ballot boxes, Castillo, reports La Jornada, said she was “surprised” by the news. The locals then contacted a notary public to come take legal testimony about the unauthorized break-in. PRD officials then headed to the offices of the Special Prosecutor for Attention to Electoral Crimes in Villahermosa to file a legal complaint. Federal Senator César Raúl Ojeda of the PRD, a close ally of López Obrador, headed to Comalcalco as La Jornada filed its story last night and, at press time, the ten IFE officials and the PAN truck chauffer, caught red-handed, were still held prisoner inside the offices.
This story reveals some presumptions on the part of the electoral delinquents of the IFE and the PAN. The most important one is that even they now believe that a recount is inevitable. If they truly believed their own publicly stated hype – that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Trife, as it is known) will not require a recount – there would have been no need to sneak into enemy territory and illegally open ballot boxes. The criminal operation would only be necessary if a recount is in the cards and, thus, the need to disappear López Obrador’s votes. The other presumption that this crime story unmasks is that the IFE and the PAN know that a recount will show López Obrador the rightful winner of the presidential election. For if, as PAN insists, it already counts with a majority of votes nationwide, there would be no necessity to unseal and tamper with the Comalcalco ballot boxes that contain 20 Obrador votes for every single Calderón vote.
The jig is up. In the absence of a legitimate governmental authority, the people of Comalcalco have offered a preview of what will occur, soon, throughout Mexico if the government of Vicente Fox continues in its attempts to steal the 2006 election.
Terms of Denouement
Also on Monday, the PAN party of Calderón and Fox offered another indication that it knows it did not receive enough legitimate votes to sustain its claim that Calderón won the election. After eight days of insisting that there must not be a recount, that it would be “illegal” to have one, that the Trife judges will never allow it, the PAN filed a motion with the Trife yesterday calling for recounts in six states won by López Obrador: Mexico City, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Guerrero, State of Mexico and Tabasco. It has now adopted the very same legal recourse that, in previous days, the PAN viciously attacked. The legal maneuver reveals the PAN’s lack of faith in its own claims that it won the election and also demonstrates that the PAN now believes a recount is, contrary to its public claims, going to occur.
In the days before, PAN officials claimed that the elections were “clean, transparent and without irregularities.” The latest move indicates that its spokesmen don’t believe their own claims.
IFE Official in the PAN-stronghold of Salamanca, Guanajuato, caught on video tape, stuffs a ballot box.
Photo: D.R. 2006 La Jornada