MEXICO CITY – The killing of 90 political candidates in Mexico ahead of the July 1 elections is an important challenge despite the fact that Mexico is a stable democracy, the European Union’s ambassador to the Aztec nation said on Wednesday.
“This is clearly a problem and a challenge, and it is extremely serious,” Klaus Rudischhauser said during a press conference in Mexico’s capital.
Rudischhauser said that violence in Mexico, a country that registered 25,339 homicides in 2017, creates “limitations” for EU representatives, as much effort goes into assuring their security.
While EU diplomats in Mexico will follow this year’s electoral process, the bloc is not sending an election-observer mission, Rudischhauser said.
“We are convinced that Mexico has stable and well-established institutions. This will be a normal democratic process, like the ones we have in Europe,” he added.
Mexicans are set to go to the polls on July 1, not only to choose a president for the next six years, but also to fill 3,400 elective positions at the federal, state and municipal levels.
Since Sept. 8, when the electoral process officially began, 90 candidates have been murdered, making this election season not only the largest in Mexico’s history but also one of the most violent.
On Tuesday, the independent National Human Rights Commission condemned the violence that has taken place during this electoral process, which has been marked by sharp polarization and tension.