Strengths and Challenges of Mexico’s Electoral Reforms in Upcoming Elections

Publication Date: 
15 Jun 2018

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On July 1, Mexico will hold the largest elections in its history. Almost 90 million Mexicans are eligible to cast their ballots and elect over 3,000 representatives. These will also be the first general elections to take place since the 2014 constitutional and electoral reforms, which brought significant changes to the country’s electoral processes, including to the roles of the different federal and local electoral authorities.

Despite having been approved by both chambers of the National Congress and the majority of the State Congresses, the recent political and electoral reforms are still seen as highly controversial, and their consolidation depends to a certain extent on the successful management of the upcoming elections.

From April 29 to May 5, 2018, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), with the support of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos, IIDH), participated in a Mission of Technical Accompaniment in Mexico City to analyze the reforms, identify their strengths, and anticipate the potential challenges the country will face during its 2018 electoral processes.

The mission was composed of electoral experts Armand Peschard-Sverdrup and Eugenio Chicas, as well as IFES’ Regional Director for the Americas Margarita R. Seminario. To access the full report in Spanish, click HERE.

The opinions and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of IFES, the National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral), or the IIDH.