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Cancun, Riviera Maya ready for election day with additional security

Cancun, Q.R. — The attorney general of Quintana Roo says the state is ready for the upcoming election day with ballot boxes and additional security.

The Attorney General of the state says that they are ready for the deployment of an additional 407 ministerial police officers around the state who will add extra security and maintain peace on Mexico’s election day.

The general director of the Ministerial Police, Capital Juan Carlos Garcia Miranda, explained that starting 5:00 a.m. on July 1 and until the end of the election day, extra attention will be given to public safety and election areas will be monitored to ensure voters can do so in peace.

Of the 407 additional police, 250 have been assigned to the northern area of Cancun, Riviera Maya, while another 157 will be deployed in the south. Rural areas will also be watched by police with the additional 115 vehicles being used during the electoral process.

Head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office on electoral crimes, Ronnel Leon Martinez, said that 354 public prosecutors will be on duty around the state to tend to public complaints.

“In these agencies we have been instructed, by order of the attorney general, to receive all complaints with and without detainees that are generated by the ministerial police and the state public security police.”

He added that the Mexican navy and the army will be the ones transferring the unused ballots to their stations and later, after the count, transferring the ballot votes by land to Mexico City.

At a press conference, the specialized prosecutor’s office said that around the country, Fepade will be deployed during the elections.

Fepade (Fiscalía Especializada para la Atención de Delitos Electorales) or Attention for Electoral Crimes, will be in full force at a national level, ready to investigate any alleged electoral crimes.

Héctor Díaz Santana, head of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office, explained that Fepade has identified that the trouble hot spots around the country, saying he preferred not to reveal them to protect their strategy.

Electoral boxes will be placed in Cancun, Tulum and Cozumel. In Playa del Carmen, INE will have three boxes. They will be located at the ADO terminal on 12th Street and 20th Avenue and another in the Leona Vicario park located on Avenida Juarez with 15th.

The third box will be at Fundadores park next to the Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal. The general public is also being reminded that there will be no alcohol sales during the elections in Mexico.