Accusations grow of vote-buying Mexico election

July 16th, 2012 by
Categories: Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of people rushed to stores on Tuesday to redeem pre-paid gift cards they said were given them by the party that won Mexico's presidency, inflaming accusations that the election was marred by massive vote-buying.

At least a few cardholders were angry, complaining they didn't get as much as promised, or that their cards weren't working. Neighbors at one store in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City said the unusually large crowds had prevented them from doing their daily shopping.

Some of those lined up to use their gift cards said they got them for supporting the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, whose candidate Enrique Pena Nieto won Sunday's election, according to the preliminary official vote count. Some wore red T-shirts and baseball caps with Pena Nieto's name printed in white.

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