CEPR Analysis Shows 'Adding Up' Problem for Half of Ballot Boxes
CEPR Analysis Shows “Adding Up” Problem for Half of Ballot Boxes
Discrepancies and Lack of Transparency Mar Mexican Election Results
For Immediate Release: August 30, 2006
Contacts: Mark Weisbrot, 202-746-7264
WASHINGTON - A new paper by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) finds that half of all ballot boxes suffer from “adding up” errors, and the withholding of information by Mexico’s electoral authorities has undermined the credibility of election results.
“Mexico’s electoral authorities conducted a partial recount of 9 percent of the votes from August 9 to August 13,” said economist Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR and co-author of the report. “There is no obvious legitimate reason for refusing to announce the results of this recount.”
Weisbrot noted that the recount was conducted very much like the preliminary and second vote counts, although independent observers were not allowed to witness the recount. Ballot boxes were opened, ballots counted, totals recorded, and tally sheets signed by witnesses and judges. In the previous vote counts, the results were made public immediately.
The full paper is available here.