The Electoral Court of Mexico confirmed this Tuesday that it is suspending the candidacy for governor of the Guerrero state of Félix Salgado Macedonio, a politician accused of sexual abuse. However, the move comes in response to failing to submit its pre-campaign expense report. The complaints of sexual assaults are targeting more than 20 candidates in the federal elections on June 6.
With six votes in favor and one against, the Electoral Court of Mexico ratified the sanction imposed by the National Electoral Institute (INE) against Félix Salgado Macedonio, of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (Morena). The politician is thus out of the contest for the governorship of the state of Guerrero, in the southwest of the country.
The reason for the electoral authorities is that Salgado did not present his pre-campaign income and expenses report. For the electoral authorities, this is a lack of transparency in the audit process.
The politician has insisted that he did not run a pre-campaign and therefore has no way to report those expenses. However, the court determined that he was a pre-candidate for that state.
Now, the Morena party must find a replacement for Salgado within 48 hours, according to local regulations. However, Salgado refuses to comply with the order and called a protest for next Wednesday in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero. He said that “the last word is said by the people.”
But beyond the electoral failures, Salgado’s candidacy has aroused great controversy in the country due to the accusations against him for allegedly raping a minor in 1998 and abusing a journalist in 2016.
More than 20 federal election candidates targeted for sexual abuse allegations
The federal elections on June 6 in Mexico are considered the largest in Latin America, due to the number of positions that will be renewed: 500 deputies, 15 governorships, 30 local congresses and mayors in 30 states.
However, the political focus for many takes a back seat amid dozens of allegations of sexual abuse against more than 20 candidates, according to local press accounts. Although the feminist collective Las Brujas del Mar accused 36 candidates for different positions of popular election of being involved in assault, sexual harassment, rape or child pornography.
In addition to Félix Salgado, among those targeted is the former presidential candidate and now a candidate for local deputy for Coyoacán, Gabriel Quadri, from the National Action Party (PAN). In 2020, students from the Universidad Iberoamericana denounced him for sexual harassment.
For his part, Benjamín Saúl Huerta Corona, who was seeking reelection as a Puebla deputy, was also accused of abusing a minor, for which his Morena party approved, through a vote on Sunday, removing him from the race.
Meanwhile, Rubén Barroso, candidate for federal deputy for Morena in Guanajuato, was denounced for alleged sexual harassment against several of his former students from the Escuela de Nivel Medio Superior de León.
In turn, Alfonso Vázquez, Morena’s candidate for plurinominal federal deputy for Mexico City, was accused in 2019 by students of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he worked as a professor, of rape and sexual harassment. And the list goes on.
Although the accusations of gender violence are not unprecedented in the current electoral race, on this occasion they have had an unprecedented visibility that has shaken several candidacies.
Although according to INE rules, people with a history of abuse and gender violence cannot run as political candidates, according to the complaints, there would be alleged abusers who would seek to break the rule.
With EFE and local media