Mexico 2015 election process under way

The country is gearing up to elect 500 new officials for the 2015 to 2018 term.

On June 7, Mexicans will go to the polls to cast their votes for new Chamber of Deputies representatives in the country’s bicameral congress.

Of the 500 seats, 300 representatives will be chosen by their respective constituencies, while the remaining 200 by principal proportional representation.

Although applications for the new federal deputies began January 10, as parties initiated the selection process, selected candidates won’t be able to register until March 22 to 29. After that, full campaigning starts on April 5 and will continue until June 4 for the June 7 vote. During this time, each candidate in the race will be limited to spend $1.26 million peso on promotional material including television spots, banners and other election paraphernalia.

Due to new reform changes, which removed the reelection restriction of the electoral reform, winners of this term’s seats will be able to run again in 2018 for the 2018 to 2021 term. These new changes also mean the National Electoral Institute (NEI) will oversee the process, replacing the IFE.

According to El Universal, the upcoming elections will be the most expensive in history costing $18.57 billion peso of which 31 percent will be set aside for the public financing of political parties.

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