Sunday, September 25, 2011

AMLO: Recount 2006 votes!

It's déjà vu all over again. Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) asked that a citizen organization carry out a full recount of the votes in the 2006 presidential election, to know, once and for all, who won in 2006.

What a splendid idea. Let's forget, for a second, that AMLO never filed a full petition with the electoral tribunal to have all the votes recounted, only in the areas where he lost - despite the calls in the street of "vote  by vote, ballot box by ballot box." And let's forget as well that there where two recounts in the areas where AMLO had expected to pick up greatly, but didn't. And that in the five years that have followed, no evidence has surfaced that in any way corroborates a fraud. Out with all that, for a second.

I wholly support AMLO's idea. In fact, why not arrange a public ceremony where AMLO signs a document promising to respect the outcome, whatever it is, of that vote. That is, should he lose it, he will NOT resort to other arguments along the "well-the-boxes-were-stuffed-beforehand" line but actually, if the recount does not favor him, he commits himself to apologizing for the enormous costs his protests have created, the division and rancor the fraud claims have furthered, and so on.

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