The murders of Mexican politicians and candidates in the electoral process were described as “unacceptable” by Luis Almagro, director of the Organization of American States (OAS).
OAS director, Luis Almagro, said he is worried about the killings of candidates in this election year in Mexico where citizens will elect a new president as well as senators, federal deputies and many mayors and governors.
“We are concerned about several elements in the Mexican election. The first is the killing of candidates and political leaders in the country,” he said while at a conference in America Casa de Madrid.
It is an average of one murder of a candidate every four or five days, that is a margin of violence that is absolutely unacceptable in an electoral process. “We are very worried,” he added.
This year, 2018 is an electorally intense year in Mexico since on July 1, the country will elect a new president, 128 senators and 500 deputies of the lower house. Likewise, mayors and governors will be elected in the different states that make up the country.
In recent months, Mexican politics has been marked by violent events.
At the beginning of the month, Arón Varela Martínez, candidate for mayor of Santa Clara Ocoyucan was killed in the state of Puebla. He was a representative of the coalition “Juntos Haremos Historia” led by the party of the leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
In January, another candidate for a municipal candidacy in the state of Guerrero was also shot dead. And at that time, a local deputy, a mayor and an alderman, all militants of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) were killed in various events in the states of Jalisco, Guerrero and Tabasco.
The latest murder of PRI candidate Gustavo Gómez Álvarez in the state of Puebla has raised more concerns.
More than 100 mayors in office, elected or out of office have been killed since 2006, according to data from the National Association of Mayors.