Two years before the presidential election, some 11.7 million voters (out of nearly 93 million) have started voting to appoint their next governor in six states.
The National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, which already governs 16 of the 32 states, is the favorite in four regions.
This party is given largely in the lead in Quintana Roo, which attracted some 12 million tourists in 2021 on the beaches of Cancun, Tulum and the Riviera Maya, according to local statistics.
It is the mayoress of Cancun, Mara Lezama Espinosa, who defends the colors of the MORENAin this region. In his city, the feeling of insecurity affected 80% of the population in March 2022 (compared to 85% in December 2021), one of the highest rates in Mexico, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography.
In Cancun, the violence is fueled by petty drug traffickers who compete for the market of millions of tourists (settlement of accounts and shootings, racketeering of businesses, restaurants and nightclubs, etc.).
President Lopez Obrador’s party is also the favorite in Oaxaca, another destination with heavenly beaches on the Pacific, hit by a hurricane earlier this week.
Residents of a village in the hinterland set fire to ballot boxes to denounce the absence of relief, local media reported.
the MORENAalso seeks to wrest the industrial region of Hidalgo from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which has been in power for 93 years.
It would be a new blow for the PRIwho ruled Mexico unchallenged for 70 years until 2000.
The outcome could be tighter in Tamaulipas, just outside Texas, where thousands of migrants wait at the US border to cross the Rio Grande under threat from organized crime smugglers and traffickers drug.
Elections are also taking place in two states in the center-north, those of Aguascalientes and Durango, one of the battlegrounds between the two main cartels of drug traffickers in Mexico.
The campaign was not bloodied by candidate assassinations, unlike a year ago, before the June 2021 legislative elections. Several dozen candidates were then killed in anticipation of the ballot. These elections had finally consolidated the base of the party of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
An activist from MORENAwas however assassinated on Sunday in Juchitan, in the state of Oaxaca, several media pointed out, citing a press release from the prosecution which does not specify whether the assassination is linked to the political commitment of the victim.