Imperial Valley Press
Opposition leaders file complaint against governor
On Tuesday, March 14, State chairmen of opposition parties filed a complaint with the National Electoral Institute under allegations of anticipated campaigning.
The complaint is based on the weekend’s event held in Mexicali by Mexico City Governor and potential presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum.
On Sunday, March 12, Gov. Sheinbaum, Baja California Governor Marina Avila, and Mexicali Mayor Norma Bustamante led a couple of events — one held at the State’s Auditorium.
The first event was to announce an agreement between Mexico City and Baja California to launch the local digital agency.
Next, Gov. Sheinbaum held a conference called “Governmental Policies for Citizen’s Benefit.” Hundreds of Baja California residents were transported to attend the latter event.
The complaint was filed by Institutional Revolutionary Party Chairwoman Guadalupe Gutiérrez, National Action Party Chairman Mario Osuna, and Revolutionary Democratic Party Chairman Omar Esparza.
Mexican law states no candidate can hold public events before the election season officially begins.
Osuna called the events absurd due to the alleged use of public funds. “Obviously, ( Gov. Sheinbaum) came to promote herself,” Osuna said.
Chairwoman Gutiérrez also considered the state spent public funds in order to hold the event.
“We cannot allow the governor to keep violating the law,” Gutiérrez said. “And we cannot allow the Mayor to keep violating the law.”
Esparza said their rivals with the National Regeneration Movement Party, or Morena in Spanish, have violated elections laws.
Over the weekend, leaders of the Morena Party denied the claims.
Days ago, a group of Morena lawmakers held a political endorsement meeting in Mexico City with Mexico’s Secretary of Government Adán Augusto López, who is also believed as a potential successor of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.