Tuesday - Jul 16, 2019

Mexican cities among the most violent on the planet

Mexican cities among the most violent on the planet

by the El Reportero’s wire services

Twelve Mexican cities are included in a list of the 50 most violent cities on the planet, according to a report presented here today by a civil organization that places Los Cabos, Baja California, as the most dangerous.

This is the conclusion of the study Ranking of the 50 Most Violent Cities in the World 2017, prepared by the Citizen Council for Public and Criminal Security.

The president of such organization, Jose Antonio Ortega, said that Acapulco, Tijuana, La Paz, Ciudad Victoria, Culiacan, Juarez, Chihuahua, Obregon, Tepic, Reynosa and Mazatlan are also on the list.

According to the figures in the report, Los Cabos has 111,33 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.

Of the 50 cities on the list, 17 are located in Brazil, 12 in Mexico, five in Venezuela, four in the United States, three in Colombia, three in South Africa and two in Honduras; El Salvador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Jamaica, with one city, respectively.

‘The Mexican cities were very far from the rate of almost 300 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants that reached Juarez (Chihuahua) in 2010, but the increase in violence is undeniable,’ the text pointed out.

Mexico officially registered 25,339 murders in 2017, its most violent year in two decades.

Salvadorean Electoral Tribunal admits human error in vote processing

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) has confirmed today a human error in vote processing for mayors and lawmakers in El Salvador, which will be resolved in the final counting.

‘Detecting the technical error in vote processing was possible thanks to the transparency with which we work’, TSE magistrate president, Julio Olivo, said when ratifying that the final results will be on Thursday.

The system contracted to the e-voting firm Smartmatic estimated at $3 million USD failed in the departments of San Salvador and La Libertad, where there are more seats at stake for the Legislative Assembly.

According to Francisco Campos, representative of the company, a ‘script’ (a programming code) failed on Monday morning when taking the names of the candidates in preferences, but the processing of minutes continued.

The system disordered the names, so that a rejected candidate could win a deputation, but Campos ruled out a possible alteration of the popular will.
Olivo stated that this is one of the most complex electoral systems in the world, but defended the transparency of the process.

AMLO extends lead in latest opinion poll
Coalition’s Anaya and PRI’s Meade battling for second place

Leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador has extended his lead over his nearest rival to 14 points, according to a new opinion survey conducted by the polling company Parametria.

But another poll conducted the same week, while giving López Obrador the lead, puts him just six points ahead of the Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate.

The leader of the National Regeneration Movement, or Morena party, garnered 35% support among the 800 voters who were surveyed last week.

The 24 horas poll is reflective of a recent statement from political risk analysts at Eurasia Group who said that the race will likely become more competitive between the two front runners.

Jockeying for that number-two position between Anaya and Meade, that would perhaps put either within striking distance of López Obrador, is well and truly under way.

The official campaign period starts on March 30, the first debate will be held in Mexico City on April 22 and voters will go to the polls on July 1.