Professor will act as international observer during Mexican elections
Mexicans will go to the polls on July 1 to elect their new president and representatives to the legislative houses. The Coordinator of the Center for Justice and Society (CJUS) of FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio), professor Michael Freitas Mohallem, was invited by Mexico’s Electoral Court and the National Electoral Institute to be a foreign election observer during the election.
Prior to the election, the observers may request interviews or meetings with officials from the National Elections Institute of central agencies to gather information on the rules, institutions and federal election procedures.
Mohallem and the other foreigners invited to monitor the elections may also receive information from political parties and groups, and even from the electoral coalitions, independent candidates and instances promoting referendums on their approach during the federal election process.
In recent years, the CJUS has developed research in the field of electoral law and elections. During the 2014 and 2016 elections, professors and students from the school analyzed the impact of technology on the elections through a partnership with O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper through the Electoral Connection project. The Center is also part of the Global Network on Electoral Justice.