For the first time, Mexicans living in the United States and Canada will be able to vote in person at their consulates on June 4 to elect governors for the state of Mexico and Coahuila.
By signing an agreement, the National Electoral Institute (INE) and the Secretary of Foreign Relations will launch a pilot program to facilitate compatriots to vote with a view to 2024.
During her message, Claudia Zavala, head of the INE’s vote commission for Mexicans abroad, said that the aim is to strengthen the participation of Mexicans to elect their rulers in the upcoming elections in Coahuila and the State of Mexico, but also with the presidential election.
“The signing of this cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the INE for the implementation of the pilot program for in-person voting by Mexican citizens living abroad is nothing more than an important document that specifies what our contributions and joint commitments are.” to develop various logistical tasks and to locate at the consular headquarters where Mexicans, Mexicans and Coahuilens who live in those two countries and process their reader credentials can vote for the governor of their entity of origin “, indicated.
He explained that INE will be in charge of budgeting, publicity, dissemination of digital information, training and liaison of officials who will have to participate in the information-seeking module. In addition, its establishment, conduct and completion on the day of the election, the supply of election documents and materials, as well as other necessary supplies.
In the same way, it will establish mechanisms for the control, administration and security of electronic equipment as well as documentation and electoral materials for identification and voting in consulates.
While the Ministry of External Affairs will support administrative procedures before officials abroad as may be required, physical spaces, furniture and installation and operation of the voting receiver module as well as access to electrical current for storage and storage will be facilitated. Security of computer assets, documentation and election materials, among other tasks.
“Everything is ready for this pilot program to be operationally successful, and I believe that the most important thing is to allow the participation of Mexicans living abroad in the affairs of their lands, by guaranteeing rights.” must be consolidated little by little. To all Mexican men and women, we are stamping out a commitment that will take us a port in a pilot test but the election of the 24th will allow thousands and millions of citizens to participate and will allow to decide and influence the public question of the country,” he said.
In turn, SRE’s undersecretary for North America, Roberto Velasco, highlighted that after delays in processing 43 different documents that can be processed at Mexican consulates abroad, support was also added so that compatriots can verify their voting credentials. get the letter. , Along with this, he said, today there are 40 percent more creditworthy people.
He highlighted that in the 2018 election process, 98,000 people voted and the challenge for 2024 is to double the number. “Today’s move is a big step because it is the first time in history that it will be possible to vote in offices abroad in Mexico, in addition, it is a test, that is why it is a pilot program, a very long electoral process. Has been… big in a little over a year.”
He said, “This process will allow us to understand and adjust the policies that we are taking, the strategies to be able to reach the 2024 process with a system that will provide the best for all Mexicans that we have abroad.” works in the best possible way.”
In this context, the authorities showed an electronic ballot box, which will be used in consulates in addition to the Internet voting system, to which Mexicans abroad already have access from last weekend until June 4.