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TSSA join UK monitoring team of Mexican election

28 June 2018

Trades unionists academics, lawyers and politicians from across UK have answered an appeal from Mexican human rights and civil society groups to scrutinise this Sunday's biggest elections in the country's history.

Insurgent candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of the left-leaning MORENA party, looks set to win in a landslide election, which will cause a political earthquake in Mexico. This election could represent a profound political realignment in Mexico. And the participation of young people, around half of the electorate, will be decisive in determining whether Mexico votes for change.

A British delegation of 27 have been accredited as international observers by the Mexicos Instituto Nacional Electoral. They will work 700 other international observers and around 30,000 nationals to ensure that the process is run as fairly and openly as possible.

3,400 posts are up for election. International and Mexican activists, scholars, NGOs, students and human rights groups have mobilised the largest ever observation force in Mexican election history. Polls open between 8am and 6pm on Sunday and turn out is expected to be very high. The British delegation will be monitoring polling in stations across the country’s capital, Mexico City.

Ahead of his flight to Mexico City, TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, a UK delegation leader and fluent Spanish speaker said,

“International solidarity is one of the pillars of trade union movement. Helping uphold the fairness of workers rights to participate in fair democratic elections around the world is part of solidarity process.

“Elections excite many emotions but as accredited observers our job is to be impartial and our hope is to validate the ballot box is respected.”

Said Danielle Rowley, Labour MP for Midlothian who is also on the UK’s monitoring team,

"It is an honour to stand up for democracy as part of this international delegation.

"We take the fairness of our own voting system for granted, whether or not we always like the result it delivers, but people in some parts of the world do not have that confidence.

"I look forward to playing a part in scrutinising the conduct of this Sunday's election so that people can have faith in the outcome."

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