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María Elena Lezama Espinosa new mayor of Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — New figures from the Preliminary Results Program of the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo shows the new mayor-elect had double the amount of votes as the previous mayor.

María Elena Lezama Espinosa, who to date has 162,670 counted votes, is officially the new mayor of Cancun.

The candidate from the coalition Together We Will Make History, won the municipal presidency of Benito Juárez by more than double the amount of votes as current mayor, Remberto Estrada Barba in 2016, explained Penélope Ríos Arellano, president of the Municipal Council of Benito Juárez.

“We can say that on this occasion abstention was overcome since 75 percent of the people in Benito Juárez went out to vote, an increase from 40 percent in the last electoral process,” said Ríos Arellano.

She explained that this year, “40 percent of the voters were young people aged 18 to 35, many voting for the first time. This election is historic for us.”

Throughout Benito Juarez, 997 voting booths were set up for for the more than 1.5 million voters. The Electoral Institute will continue to count votes this week, with another re-count scheduled for the following week.