멕시코 최고 선거법원은 지난달 실시된 대통령 선거에서 대대적인 부정행위가 있었다는 주장을 일축했습니다. 이로써 보수파 후보 펠리페 칼데론씨의 대통령 당선이 거의 분명해졌습니다.
좌파 후보로 나섰던 안드레스 로페즈 오브라도르씨는 법원의 이번 만장일치 결정은 수백만 멕시코인들을 모욕하는 것으로 받아들일 수 없다고 말했습니다.
오브라도르씨는 자신은 경쟁자인 칼데론씨와 그의 집권 국민행동당 정부를 인정하지 않겠다고 말했습니다.
멕시코 연방 선거법원은 7월2일 실시된 선거와 관련한 375건의 문제제기를 검토한 결과 4천1백만 표 가운데 0.5%를 부정행위로 배제했다고 말했습니다.
법원은 대대적인 부정행위 증거나 추가로 재검표를 할 경우 선거결과가 뒤바뀔 수 있다는 조짐을 발견하지 못했다고 밝혔습니다.
Mexico's top electoral court has thrown out allegations of massive fraud in last month's presidential election, handing almost certain victory to conservative Felipe Calderón.
Leftist challenger Andrés Manuel López Obrador says the judges' unanimous rejection of his complaints is "offensive and unacceptable for millions of Mexicans." He vowed not to recognize a government led by Calderón and the ruling National Action Party.
The seven-judge Federal Electoral Tribunal reported it examined 375 challenges to the July 2nd election, and discarded about one-half of one percent of the 41 million ballots, due to irregularities. The court said it found no evidence of massive fraud, or any indication that further recounts would tip the election from Calderón to López Obrador.
The court's action cost each of the two main presidential candidates roughly the same amount of votes, and shaved fewer than five thousand votes from Calderón's reported victory margin. Earlier tabulations had shown the former energy minister winning by 244 thousand votes -- less than six-tenths of one percent.
The electoral tribunal's rulings are final and cannot be appealed. The judges still must report whether the entire election was fair and certify the winner, but Monday's rulings suggest those declarations -- due by September 6th -- are now a formality.
If Calderón is named president-elect, he would replace Mexico's outgoing head of state, Vicente Fox, on December 1st.