EXPENSIVE DEMOCRACY

19 Ene

The seven political parties that have national registry in Mexico, this year they will receive more than 209 millions of additional pesos as part of their prerogative to ordinary activities by adding a global stock of 3,120 millions of pesos.

In 2010, the political parties had access to 2,911 millions of pesos for the same concept. It may be recalled that in none of those years, we had federal elections  for  President of the Republic, senators, or deputies.

The Constitution provides that the aggregate amount of privileges for ordinary activities is distributed as follows: 30% equally among the parties represented in either house of Congress and 70% according to the percentage of national vote that each party obtains the previous election of deputies by relative majority.

This overall figure is obtained by multiplying the total number of voters registered on the electoral roll with cut-July each year, for 65% of the daily minimum wage for Mexico City.

Under the agreement approved  by the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), the PRI it will receive more public money in 2011, with 997 million of pesos . This, by the number of points won at the 2009 federal election in the House of Representatives, which is now majority.

The agreement provides that the PRI won 12.7 million votes, that means 39.54% of the national vote in 2009. The second site is occupied by the PAN, which in 2011 will finance permanent ordinary activities by 788 million pesos, because in 2009 when 500 federal deputies were elected, won 9.6 million votes (29.98 percent) .

The PRD won a vote in 2009 that reached 4.2 million, so this year will have a funding of 419 million pesos .

While the Green Party in 2011 Mexico will receive 290 million pesos, the Labour Party, 219 million, New Alliance, 213 million, and Convergence, 191 million pesos.

In the past 14 years, according to information made public in the data page of the IFE and the Expenditure Budget of the Federation 2011 (PEF), the periods in which it has been awarded a higher amount for public financing (total) –  are: 2003 with 4.823 million pesos (closed figure) in 2006 to 4.171 million, in 2009 to 3.631 million, with 3.335 million in 2011 and 2000 with 3.064 million pesos. With the exception of 2011, we will have federal elections.

On the debate book “cost too the elections in Mexico? The IFE in perspective “, published in November 2010 by the CIDE refers to the” cost of elections in Latin America. “

The document said, for example, in Argentina (2003) presidential election had a total budget of $ 8.4 million, Colombia (2002), presidential election, 50 million, Costa Rica (2002), presidential election, 23.6 million; Mexico (2000), presidential and legislative elections, a budget of 921 million dollars.

Fuente: El Economista.mx

A few comments : 

1) In Mexico we do not need so many political parties,with 2 would be more than enough.

2) In Mexico, politicians and political parties with different ideologies come together to raise, or hold onto power, then …. Which is the reason for having 7 political parties?

3) Why in Mexico, political parties are funded with huge amounts of public resources, if there are higher priority needs?

4) In Mexico, elections are taken as a business for a few, not thinking about the progress of the country.

5) In Mexico, most people are not able to vote due to ignorance and poverty, so your vote is easily bought or induced.

6) Democracy should be free, or have a cost in relation to the development of the country. Mexico remains a developing country and we have no idea how many more years will take to reach the development.

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