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Mexico’s 2015 electoral process will include ballot box video surveillance

Mexico — June 7 is the official voting day for Mexican citizens to cast their ballot. In the meantime, political parties and candidates are officially required to withdraw their electoral propaganda within 50 meters of public polling places.

The National Electoral Institute has set up thousands of ballot boxes across the country in preparation for the millions of citizens registered to vote.

Francisco Fleet Croce, president District Council 02 INE explains that moving the political propaganda is “Established by law. The removal is to give citizens an opportunity to reflect on their vote from the last 60 days of candidate campaigns.”

For the first time in Mexico’s electoral process, video-surveillance cameras will monitor the ballot boxes in the 16 political offices. The cameras will be less than 100 meters away and monitor more than 1,800 of the ballot boxes.

Miguel Angel Mancera, head of government in the Federal District said this would contribute to tighten security in the elections on Sunday.

Angel Mancera said that the electoral centers, personnel and the team of the Center for Control, Command, Communication and Count will work with the National Electoral Institute (INE) and the Federal District’s Electoral Institute (IEDF) to monitor the ballot boxes in the 16 political offices.

He notes that this monitoring was supported by the electoral federal and local authorities to guarantee every voter’s right to democracy. He explained that the IEDF would be in charge of the operational and material deployment of video-surveillance.

He also called the citizenry to denounce any irregularity in the electoral process.

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