Mex­ico Town Elec­tions An­nulled for Ban­ning Women from Vot­ing

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Mex­i­can elec­toral au­thor­i­ties have an­nulled the re­sults of town coun­cil elec­tions in a largely In­dian com­mu­nity be­cause mar­ried women had been pre­vented from vot­ing. The elec­toral tri­bunal of the south­ern state of Oax­aca says the elec­tions vi­o­lated the rights of 22 mar­ried fe­male res­i­dents of the town of San Juan Achi­utla. In a rul­ing on Wed­nes­day, the court or­dered the elec­tions to be held again. Many towns in Oax­aca are gov­erned by “us­age and cus­toms” tra­di­tions that dis­cour­age po­lit­i­cal par­ties and en­cour­age com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion. Many re­quire com­mu­nal labour, and Achi­utla of­fi­cials had ar­gued that mar­ried women don’t per­form com­mu­nity work and thus can’t vote. Sin­gle women have been al­lowed to vote, and in at least one past elec­tion mar­ried women were too. AP

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