Five people were ambushed and killed in the state of Chiapas (southern Mexico), while they were organizing the election day of Sunday, June 6, said the state prosecutor’s office.
The attack occurred on Saturday afternoon when employees of the National Electoral Institute (INE) notably delivered ballot boxes to the authorities of the municipality of Pueblo Nuevo Solistahuacán, in the northern region of Chiapas. Armed individuals arrived at the scene and assaulted the poll organizers, injuring the one who was to lead the voting operations in the area, according to the prosecutor’s office. Local residents treated the injured man and put him in a pickup truck to evacuate him to a medical center, but on the way they were attacked by an armed gang. The attackers shot and killed the five occupants of the vehicle, according to the elements of the prosecutor’s investigation.
A search is underway to find the perpetrators of this attack.
The legislative and local elections in Mexico are taking place in a climate of violence, after the assassination of a hundred politicians since September, the date of the start of the electoral campaign. Among them, 36 were candidates or pre-candidates, mainly for municipal positions, according to consultancy firm Etellekt. The government attributes most of the killings to drug traffickers seeking to expand their area of influence.
Some 95 million voters were called on Sunday to vote in these elections. Polling stations must close at 11 p.m. (universal time). These mid-term elections of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador aim to renew the Chamber of Deputies, some 20,000 regional posts and 15 of the 32 governors’ posts.