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Two jailed mayoral candidates in Mexico win elections – from behind bars

July 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two jailed mayoral candidates in Mexico win elections – from behind bars

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Two candidates running for mayoral positions in Mexico won their respective elections despite being incarcerated for multiple offenses including organized crime, abduction, and even murder.

In the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Francisco “Kiko” Lopez Villafranca was elected mayor of San Carlos, even though he has been in jail since May 2nd, according to El Universal.

Lopez Villafranca, who is part of Mexico’s Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI), remains behind bars without bond on one count of murder and one count of participating in organized criminal activity for his purported role in the slaying of state social works delegate Baltazar Gonzalez Castillo.

Francisco López Villafranca

Since the candidate was not found guilty at the time of the election, he managed to continue his campaign with assistance from relatives on the outside.

In a similar instance in the state of Morelos, where Alfonso Miranda Gallegos was elected mayor of the municipality of Amacuzac, even though he has also been in prison since May.

According to El Financiero, Miranda Gallegos was previously the mayor of the same town; he won the election from former-mayor Jorge Miranda Abarca who was also taken into custody in May on charges federal organized crime charges.

Alfonso Miranda Gallegos

Miranda Gallegos faces federal charges of kidnapping and organized crime after he was accused of being a close associate and relative of a local drug lord, the government of Mexico announced during a press conference after his arrest in May.

Following his surprise win, Miranda Gallegos issued a statement claiming that he would soon be released and asked Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) who is part of the same party not to forget him.

A source from the Electoral Institute of the State of Morelos explained that the situation of the mayor’s office of Amacuzac is analyzed because a replacement for the candidate to was never requested.

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