This October 4th, the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Branch of the Federation (TEPJF) instructed the National Electoral Institute (INE) delay the start of the pre-campaigns, originally scheduled for Sunday, November 5, and reschedule the start of this phase of the electoral process to a day between the 20th and 26th of the same month.
Originally, the INE agreed that the pre-campaigns would take place from November 5 to January 3, however, the Superior Chamber of the TEPJF annulled said document and pointed out that the law mandates that this period cannot last more than two months. , therefore they must be rescheduled.
On September 8, the INE set the start of the pre-campaigns for the first week of November, however, the Court’s magistrates revoked it, considering that the decision was not adequately founded or motivated since the electoral law establishes the start of this phase in the third week.
The controversy arose after Movimiento Ciudadano challenged the INE agreement, and argued that the pre-campaign phase was brought forward without any justification. In that sense, Dante Delgado pointed out the inconsistency of the closing of pre-campaigns being scheduled during the end of the year holidays.
During the public session, the presiding judge of the Electoral Court, Reyes Rodríguez, pointed out that the INE has the power to modify the deadlines, but only when they are exceptional and duly justified cases, as happened in the 2021 midterm election, under the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.