Mexico’s Electoral Season Marred By Violence As National Guard Accused Of Shooting At Candidates

Mexico’s current electoral season has been marred by bloodshed with dozens of candidates or political workers shot at or killed so far. The latest incident involves allegations from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that a convoy of Mexican National Guard soldiers shot at two female political candidates in the state of Jalisco.

According to the PRI, the two candidates for city commission were riding in a vehicle with three other individuals in Villa Purificacion when military vehicles pulled up behind them and began shooting. The gunshots reportedly injured the driver of the vehicle who had to be rushed to a local hospital in serious condition.

This summer, Mexico is expected to hold a heavily contested presidential election and numerous other local and state elections. The electoral contest is largely divided into two fields with the party founded by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador leading a few smaller parties on one side versus an alliance of the three main older parties including PRI, PAN (National Action Party), and PRD (Revolutionary Democratic Party).

The PRI is calling for an investigation into the incident and asking for protection for their political candidates. The violence surrounding the electoral season raises concerns about the safety of candidates and the integrity of the democratic process in Mexico.