Apr. 23, 2018 – Emilio Rabasa, the Consul General of Mexico to Boston, visited campus on Thursday, April 19th to speak on the upcoming 2018 Mexican elections. This year’s elections are, according to Rabasa, “momentous” because federal and local elections are happening concurrently for the first time.
On July 1st of this year, 3,406 government seats will be decided—a jump from 2,127 seats in the 2012 election. These seats include the president, house representatives, senators, governors (including governor of Mexico City) and other local representatives. This election has five candidates on the ballot for president, including, for the first time, two independent candidates.
Rabasa explained he is excited for the opportunity to speak and educate the Newbury Community on the Mexican elections and political history because “it is very important that young people’s energy is channeled to what is going on around us.”
During the talk, Rabasa explained the structure of the Mexican government, also providing a brief history of the difficult transition to a democratic structure and the changing relationship between the United States and Mexico.
Rabasa discussed the details of the 2018 election, including topics such as: how to register to vote, who the candidates are, the different political parties, the upcoming debates, the process of events on July 1st and the influence young voters or citizens abroad could have on the results.
The event concluded with questions from the audience. Rabasa elaborated on constitutional reforms that led to the modern political system in Mexico, the influence of the media on the election process, the procedure for determining the results and more.
Newbury thanks the At Your Service student organization for sponsoring this event and Consul General, Emilio Rabasa, for taking the speak to the college community.
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