2019 Puebla special elections

On December 24, 2018, just ten days into her term as Governor of Puebla, Martha Erika Alonso Hidalgo and her husband, Senator Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, died in a helicopter crash while en route from Puebla to Mexico City. The death of the Governor required the calling of a special gubernatorial election for 2 June 2019. This election was made simultaneous with special elections from five municipalities in the state whose initial 2018 elections had been nullified.

TimelineEdit

In the immediate aftermath of Alonso's death, Jesús Rodríguez Almeida, the general secretary of government, was named as the acting governor of Puebla, though state law would require the state legislature to appoint an interim leader and call a special election.[1] On January 21, the state legislature selected 85-year-old Guillermo Pacheco Pulido, former Puebla City mayor and president of the state Supreme Court, as interim governor.[2] A week later, on the 28th, the legislature set the election date for June 2, with the winner taking office on August 1.[3]

On February 6, the organization of the state election was taken on by the National Electoral Institute (INE), including the gubernatorial race and special elections in five municipalities.[4] The TEPJF had voided elections in the five municipalities—Ocoyucan, Cañada Morelos, Ahuazotepec, Mazapiltepec de Juárez and Tepeojuma—as a result of violations in the handling of ballot papers and irregularities at polling places.[5]: 10 

Coalitions and common candidaciesEdit

Juntos Haremos Historia en Puebla (Morena-PT-PVEM)Edit

On March 13, the INE approved the coalition Juntos Haremos Historia en Puebla (Together We'll Make History in Puebla), consisting of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), Labor Party (PT) and Ecologist Green Party of Mexico (PVEM). The Social Encounter Party (PES), which lost its national and state registrations in the wake of 2018, will participate in three of the five municipal special elections, as it had been a part of the original races.[6]

Morena will select its candidate by way of a poll of its members, between senator Alejandro Armenta Mier, 2018 candidate Miguel Barbosa Huerta, and senator Nancy de la Sierra Arámburo, though the final results will not be made public.[7]

PAN-PRD-MCEdit

The National Action Party, Party of the Democratic Revolution and Citizens' Movement will run a common candidate: Enrique Cárdenas Sánchez, history professor and former rector of the Universidad de las Américas.[8] As a result of the common candidacy (as opposed to a coalition), each party will retain its own political advertising.[9]

Other partiesEdit

Institutional Revolutionary PartyEdit

The national organization of the Institutional Revolutionary Party selected Alberto Jiménez Merino, an agricultural scientist and former rector of the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, as its candidate on March 5.[10]

New Alliance PartyEdit

Nueva Alianza announced on March 5 that it would not run a candidate in the election.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ruiz R., Rodolfo; Pineda, María (24 December 2018). "Congreso debe nombrar interino y convocar a elección extraordinaria" [Congress must name interim governor and call special election]. E-Consulta. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Pacheco Pulido es ya gobernador interino de Puebla". El Sol de Puebla. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Elección extraordinaria para gobernador en Puebla se realizará el 2 de junio". Animal Político. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  4. ^ Zepeda, Aurora (7 February 2019). "INE asume las elecciones extraordinarias en Puebla". Excélsior. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  5. ^ National Electoral Institute (6 February 2019). "RESOLUCIÓN DEL CONSEJO GENERAL DEL INSTITUTO NACIONAL ELECTORAL, POR EL CUAL SE EJERCE ASUNCIÓN TOTAL, PARA LLEVAR A CABO LOS PROCESOS ELECTORALES LOCALES EXTRAORDINARIOS 2019, EN EL ESTADO DE PUEBLA, EMITIDA EN EL EXPEDIENTE INE/SE/AS-02/2019 E INE/SE/AS-03/2019 ACUMULADO" (PDF).
  6. ^ Notimex (12 March 2019). "INE aprueba coalición "Juntos Haremos Historia en Puebla" para contender por gubernatura". El Economista. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Morena no publicará encuesta; Armenta, Barbosa y Sierra acuerdan respetarla". Ángulo 7. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Enrique Cárdenas será candidato de PAN, MC y PRD al gobierno de Puebla". Animal Político. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  9. ^ Figueroa Alcántara, Héctor (7 March 2019). "PAN, PRD y MC tendrán candidato común para gubernatura de Puebla". Excélsior. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  10. ^ Martínez, Fabiola (5 March 2019). "Alberto Jiménez Merino, candidato del PRI a gubernatura de Puebla". La Jornada. Retrieved 13 March 2019.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Núñez, Efraín (5 March 2019). "Confirma Nueva Alianza que no lanzará candidato a gobernador". E-Consulta. Retrieved 13 March 2019.