Mexico holds a presidential election on Sunday (4 July) with the result a forgone conclusion.?
Mexico holds a presidential election on Sunday (4 July) with the result a forgone conclusion. There is one major party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and only one official candidate, Senor Jose Lopez Portillo.
SYNOPSIS: There is an unofficial candidate, Senor Valentin Campa, the Communist Party's choice. His name is not on the ballot paper and voters would have to write in his name. Even then, ballots cast for him will not count.
Despite this show of support for the official candidate, the biggest opponent facing Senor Portillo on Sunday will be the traditional apathy of the Mexican voter. In the 1973 election, only sixty-two per cent of the electorate cast their ballots for the PRI. Senor Portillo is looking for a big vote as an indication of the confidence of the people. He is supported by two of the tiny opposition parties and the third did not nominate a candidate.
In his efforts to bring out the voters, Senor Portillo has embarked on the traditional gruelling eight month campaign throughout the country. He visited almost a thousand townships and was seen by millions of Mexican. Senor Lopez is the personal choice of the outgoing President, Senor Luis Echeverria, the same method by which Echeverria himself received the PRI's nomination. It was a choice which surprised many people in Mexico. He ha been a civil servant with relatively little involvement in the country's politics.