Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon is asking the Federal Electoral
Institute to hold off on destroying the paper ballots used in the controversial
Calderon told Mexican media that he hopes to preserve the ballots – at
least for a while – to boost public confidence in the election.
The Mexican election in July required a panel of judges to declare
Calderon the winner after he received less than 1 percent more votes than his
opponent, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
A law in Mexico obligates the Federal Electoral Institute to destroy
the paper ballots once a winner is declared.
The election institute chairman issued a letter to Mexican media on
Tuesday to say officials would be setting a date to destroy the ballots.
So far, neither Calderon nor Obrador have taken any legal steps to
block the election institute.
Obrador continues to allege the election was full of fraud.