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National Electoral Institute sets up organization committee

Mexico City, Mexico — The 32 Local Councils of the National Electoral Institute (INE) were installed November 1 to organize the federal electoral process 2017-2018.

INE reports that one of their immediate actions will be the issuance of the call for the selection of the best profiles before November 29. In a statement, they explained that the Local Councils are integrated with a presiding counselor, who will serve both as executive member of the Local Board of the INE, as well as by six local electoral councilors.

The organization says that each local electoral body will be formed, in addition, by members of the Electoral Organization, the Federal Register of Voters and Electoral Training and Civic Education, as well as a secretary, who will attend the sessions of the Local Council.

The electoral law establishes those councils, among other functions, to accredit Mexican citizens or groups that request to participate as observers during the electoral process.

Likewise, they will register the appointments of the general representatives, of the political parties or, as the case may be, of independent candidates, before the polling boards, and receive the candidates for senators by the principle of relative majority.

In addition, they will make the total count and the declaration of validity of the election of senators by the principle of relative majority, based on the results recorded in the district computation minutes and disclose the corresponding results.

They will also make the calculation of the federal entity of the election of senators by the principle of proportional representation, based on the results recorded in the district computation minutes and will announce the results, among other actions.

He explained that one of the main activities of the Local Councils is the approval of the call to designate citizens who are interested in participating as district electoral counselors, who must be selected by November 29.

The District Councils have the authority to determine the number and location of the boxes, to inspect the polling station officials and to ensure that they are installed in accordance with the law.

Added to this among other responsibilities will be to register the candidates by the principle of relative majority, as well as the appointment of the representatives that the political parties accredit for the electoral day.

The District Councils of the INE will be integrated by a presiding counselor and six district electoral counselors, as well as a secretary and the members of the Electoral Organization, the Federal Register of Voters and Electoral Training and Civic Education.

In both cases a representative of each political party with state representation must be present at the sessions of the Local and District Councils .

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