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Mexico presidential challenger claims partial recount proves electoral fraud

[JURIST] Mexico leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish] said Friday that inconsistencies evident from the partial recount of votes from the July 2 presidential election [JURIST news archive] show enough errors in the tally that the Federal Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] should declare him president-elect. After rejecting his request for a full ballot-by-ballot recount [JURIST report] last week, the court ordered a partial recount at nine percent of the nation's polling stations. Conservative candidate Felipe Calderon [campaign website, in Spanish] maintains that the recount has only demonstrated a minor change in the results, but Obrador insists that irregularities and miscounts have already been shown to affect some 100,000 votes.

The recount must be completed by Sunday, after which the court will decide whether or not to annul some results or order more recounts. Reuters has more.

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