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Nearly 4 million take in second Mexico presidential debate

Tijuana, Baja California — Nearly four million people took in the second presidential debate for Mexico Sunday with social media hashtags dominating Twitter.

The National Electoral Institute says that the second presidential debate was followed by nearly 4 million people through social networks on Sunday. They report their breakdown showed one million watched the debate on YouTube with another 1.7 million watching on Facebook.

On Twitter, the National Electoral Institute recorded approximately 1.2 million viewers using the hashtag #DebateINE, which had more than 2.5 million mentions, making it a worldwide trend.

Prior to the event, National Electoral Institute president Lorenzo Cordova Vianello, stressed that the debates organized by them “are not for the candidates, but for the citizens” because they seek to provide information so that Mexicans have more elements “to go to the July 1 polls to cast votes and decide the destiny of the country.”

He explained that the selection process of 42 citizens of the second debate met the requirements of being Mexican citizens registered in the List Nominal and having voter’s credentials as well as expressing their willingness to vote.

Google and the National Electoral Institute of Mexico signed a deal earlier in the year that will serve as an aid for Mexican nationals in the upcoming July elections.

The second presidential debate was televised out of Tijuana, Baja California. There is no word if there will be a third live debate. Mexicans head to the polls July 1 to vote in a new president as well as other heads of state and municipalities.