2024 Mexico Elections: Second Most Violent Electoral Process with 27 Candidates Murdered

2024 Mexico Elections: Second Most Violent Electoral Process with 27 Candidates Murdered

On April 1, Gisela Gaytán, a candidate for mayor of Celaya in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, was tragically murdered on the first day of her campaign. She belonged to the ruling party, Morena, and became the latest victim in the wave of violence that has plagued candidates competing in the upcoming federal elections on June 2 in Mexico. This surge in violence has made this election cycle one of the most dangerous in the country’s history.

According to latest reports, since the start of the federal pre-campaigns on November 20, a total of 13 politicians, including candidates, pre-candidates, and aspiring municipal leaders, have been killed in seven states across Mexico. Additionally, data from the Electoral Laboratory has revealed that there have been 51 murders linked to the upcoming election, surpassing the number of homicides during the last presidential elections in 2018.

Specifically, out of the 51 victims, 27 were candidates for public office, while the remainder were individuals associated with politics or public service. Interestingly, the parties with the highest number of murdered candidates are Morena and the National Action Party (PAN) in Mexico.

The report also highlights a concerning trend of escalating violence in recent months coinciding with the pre-campaign period and candidate registrations at the local level, with notable spikes in murder cases in July, October, January, February, and March. States like Guerrero, Veracruz, and Michoacán have reported the highest incidences of electoral violence.

The ongoing violence is a stark reminder of the risks faced by individuals participating in the democratic process in Mexico. Despite efforts by the government to provide protection to candidates, the situation remains dire. The murder of Gisela Gaytán has once again underscored the lack of adequate protection and the need for urgent action to address the escalating violence.

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