MEXICO CITY (apro).- The Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols, met this Tuesday in Washington with the president of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Lorenzo Córdova Vianello.
At the end of the meeting, the Joe Biden government official highlighted the “global reputation of INE for its excellence in promoting free and fair elections.”
The meeting was part of Córdova Vianello’s visit to the United States. The INE highlighted in a statement that both officials spoke about the importance of the autonomy of electoral institutions and the challenges of democracy in America and the world.
In the presence of officials from the United States Agency for International Development, Córdova pointed out that one of the main problems of democracy in the world is the temptation of authoritarianism in the exercise of power.
“This is a trend not only in the region, but it occurs globally,” said Córdova, according to a statement from the INE.
For his part, Nichols showed interest in the selection process of four INE electoral councils, to which the President Councilor specified that since 2014 different legislatures have appointed councilors with the same process that is currently used.
In addition, he stressed that the councilors who remain have experience in organizing at least one federal election.
The INE statement highlighted that in all the meetings he held, Córdova Vianello has been accompanied by personnel from the Embassy of Mexico in Washington DC
Brian Nichols himself wrote the message on Twitter with which he made his point of view about the meeting known.
“A pleasure to meet with @lorenzocordovav from @INEMexico. We discussed the importance of independent and well-resourced electoral institutions and the global reputation of the INE for its excellence in promoting free and fair elections”, published the Undersecretary of the State Department headed by Antony Blinken.
This agency published its annual report on human rights on Monday, whose chapter on Mexico was disqualified in the morning conference on Tuesday by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.