Mexicans prepare to go to the polls on Sunday
Millions of Mexican voters will head to the polls on Sunday (July 1), to choose a new president. The four main candidates have sparred over key issues of corruption, security and the economy.
Polls say Mexico is on the verge of electing its first leftist anti-establishment president in modern history, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, running on an anti-corruption platform with his National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party.
Diplomat, Hector Vasconcelos and Lopez Obrador’s pick for Foreign Relations Minister, accused the opposition of buying votes but said Lopez Obrador had such a big lead in the polls it would be difficult to catch up.
“We think that due to the difference there is between the first, second and third placed candidate, who are the main contenders tomorrow, they will not have enough votes, no matter how many votes they buy, to change what all the polls say and the average of polls which have been published,” Vaconcelos said.
Running in second place is the youngest of the four presidential candidates, 39-year-old Ricardo Anaya who sprang to prominence when he took over the presidency of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) in 2015.
In third and fourth are Jose Antonio Meade from the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Jaime Rodriguez, running as an independent.
International advisors arrived in Mexico City to oversee the process. Troops were seen closely guarding offices holding the ballots.