Mexico's ruling political party the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has claimed victory in the congressional elections held on Sunday, (1 July).
CU: P.R.I. (Partido Revolucionario Institucial) Party emblem.
CU: Hammer and sickle pull back to full Communist party emblem (P.C.M. Partido Comunista Mexicano)
CU: P.S.T. Party emblem (Partido de Los Trabajadores Mexicanos)
CU: P.D.M. Party emblem (Partido Democrata Mexicano)
MV: Voters queuing as polling station (3 shots)
CU: Voters registering with officials
LV: President Jose Lopez Portillo accompanied by his wife arrives to vote.
CU: Portillo and wife marking ballots.
MV: Portillo and wife casting votes.
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Background: Mexico's ruling political party the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has claimed victory in the congressional elections held on Sunday, (1 July). The PRI have dominated political life in Mexico for the past fifty years, and is lead by the current President, Jose Lopez Portillo.
SYNOPSIS: The Mexican election was contested by four main parties. It was the first time in more than three decades that Communist Party candidates ran. The Socialist Workers Party (PST) and the extreme right wing Mexican Democratic Party (PDM) also competed for seats in the newly expanded Congress.
Electoral officials had hoped that political reform would encourage more people to vote. And Sunday's (1 July) turn-out was much greater than predicted. In previous elections assentations among the 26 million electorate varied from thirty to forty percent. But this time turn out in some areas was as high as eighty per cent.
Voters cast their ballots to choose four hundred congressmen and seven state governors. The P.R.I. was expected to sweep most of the constituency seats.
It was President Jose Lopez Portillo - arriving here with his wife to vote, who introduced electoral reform earlier this year to broaden national representation and stimulate the PRI by facing it with new challenges. One hundred of the congressional seats are filled by proportional representation under a system designed to guarantee minority party representation.
Preliminary counts in 206 of 300 congressional districts indicated what was called an "indisputable triumph" for President Portillo's ruling party.