On June 7, Mexican citizens will head to the polls to elect 500 members of the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of Congress), state legislatures, local councils and Governors in some states.
In January 2014, the Mexican Congress instituted a slate of historic reforms that, among other things, allowed independent candidates to participate in elections and created the National Electoral Institute (INE) to replace the Federal Electoral Institute as the country’s election management body. The June 7 vote will be the first test for these new reforms and the INE.
To help you understand this critical electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Mexico: 2015 Legislative and Local Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- Who are citizens voting for on Election Day?
- What is the election management body? What are its powers?
- What are the main political parties?
- How will voters with disabilities cast their ballots?