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This Sunday’s revocation of mandate consultations were marked in the first hours by the participation of older adults, who went to the polls to express their support for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Participants confirmed that they went to the polls to exercise their right to participate in the withdrawal exercise, to support López Obrador and to the pension they receive every two months from the federal government, according to testimony compiled by Political Animal.

In Guadalajara Jalisco, Juan Martínez, 85, said he was out of faith and for them not to take support for older adults. During the consultation, the community was asked whether they wanted López Obrador’s position to be revoked or not, but no consideration was given to the continuation or not of any social programs.

Also in Guadalajara, María Ibarra, 77, went to vote in a special booth installed at the Cabañas Institute of Culture. In an interview, he indicated that he participated because for him at this time the pension that the federal government granted him was very important.

Two other adults, Benigno, 80, and José, 62, also voted at the Cabañas Cultural Institute. Both said they wanted to reaffirm their support for the president for the assistance he has provided to this age group.

In the box installed in Culiacan and Mazatlan, Sinaloathere was also a row of elderly people going to the voting booth.

A similar situation is reported in the box in Hidalgo and in Pueblaaccording to local media reports.

“We have come to support our president”

In Iztapalapa, in Mexico CityJosé Pablo Arriaga voted early to express his support for López Obrador.

“He’s the best president we’ve ever had … less thieves,” he said.

In the same mayor’s office east of the capital, in a booth installed in the Quetzalcóatl Urban Development Unit, a woman in a wheelchair was even present, who was accompanied by her son and supported to mark ballots because she could not hold a crayon. .

“We have come to support our president. We are happy and pleased that he saved what was stolen,” said Cristina López, another elderly, who voted in a box located in the museum of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, in Mayor of Cuauhtemoc.

In Nezahualcoyotl, State of Mexico, people who identify as “vote drivers” accompany older adults to vote at polling stations in the Modelo neighborhood. Asked about their work, these “movers” deny receiving any salary for this task and insist that they do not influence votes, but simply “count” voter turnout.

Also in the State of Mexico, in AtizapanClementina Sánchez González said she went to vote at the City Palace because it was her right and she hoped her opinion would be taken into account.

Meanwhile at TexcocoMorena’s stronghold, President López Obrador’s political party, has had few reported inflows so far.

There, Elitania Espinosa, 61, and her husband, Sergio Díaz, 64, alleged that electoral authorities changed some polling stations at the last minute and that this had caused confusion among residents and poor voting.

“We are not satisfied with INE. He’s against the government and it’s like he’s calling for not voting,” Sergio said.

Installed boxes and other age groups

As of the 12:00 noon deadline, the National Electoral Institute (INE) reported that 56,941 polling stations had been installed out of a planned total of 57,448: 99.12%.

Although participation was mostly from older adults, there were also younger ones.

Beneli Hernández, for example, is from Zacatecas but left to vote at a special polling station in the Ex Hipódromo de Peralvillo neighborhood, on CDMX.

In Gustavo A. Madero, Dolores Vila went to vote with her husband at a booth at the Pemex Housing Unit. He assured that he wanted to exercise his right to participate.

With information from Samedi Aguirre, Siboney Flores, Sharenii Guzmán, Lizeth Ovando, Dalila Sarabia, Manu Ureste and Andrea Vega, as well as from ‘Criterio’ in Hidalgo, ‘Manatí’ in Puebla and ‘Noroeste’ in Sinaloa.

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