Preliminary results in Mexico, with some 98% of the vote counted, indicate
that the conservative Felipe Calderon has a lead of approximately one percentage point over the center-leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Nevertheless, there are indications AMLO's PRD believes these vote counts are inaccurate at best.
Interviewed by NOTIMEX, AMLO's campaign manager Jesus Ortega reportedly said "there is evidence we have a majority" and that the party's internal counts do not align with the officially-reported numbers.
On the flip, translated quotes from the NOTIMEX article, as it appeared in Mexican daily El Economista.
The coalition "For the Good of All" has called into question the results from Sunday's election published by the Mexican Federal Election Institute (IFE) because "there is evidence we have the majority...."
[Jesus Ortega], the national coordinator of Lopez Obrador's political campaign, indicated that the party has initiated a national process of concentration, because of the certainty that the results that have been released do not "align" with those the party has collected.
"We are engaged in a major national effort to have our militants send a copy of each polling station's official vote report. We think that within the day we should have a significant proportion of them [here at national headquarters]."
As an example, Ortega mentioned that according to his data Lopez Obrador won in 156 districts, three regions, and sixteen states. These results, however, do not agree with the official results reported by IFE's Program of Preliminary Electoral Results.
Ortega refused to speculate whether the discrepancies might be the result of fraud. He also denied reports that the PRD is looking to form an alliance with the PRI to oppose a possible Calderon administration.
In a related press conference, AMLO himself contended that some three million votes are missing from the officially reported results and therefore the party could not possible accept those results.