20 July 2006

PAN advantage widens

The National Action Party (PAN) marginally widened its vote-count advantage over the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) after the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) yesterday released the results of 2,873 voting stations, which were recounted after irregularities in finally vote tallies. PAN now leads by 0.60 percentage points.

This small-scale recount revealed errors - and helped PAN. What would a nationwide recount uncover? This shouldn't dissuade the PRD from calling for a vote-by-vote recount, but the party might need to revamp its strategy and perhaps tone down its attacks on the electoral process.

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