Mexican election ballots to be burned

Sept. 13, 2006 at 12:13 PM
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MEXICO CITY, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Mexico's president-elect said ballots from July's election should be kept, but electoral officials said they would be burned, El Universal reported Wednesday.

Felipe Calderon was informed by the Federal Electoral Institute that according to electoral law, the ballots must be destroyed once a winner is declared.

The center-right Calderon won a closely contested race against left-wing former Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who lost July's election by less than 1 percent of the total vote and has contested the results.

Obrador has led numerous protests in the capital and promised to create a parallel government.

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