A local election was held in the Mexican state
on Sunday, August 20
. Voters went to the polls to elect, on the local level, a new Governor of Chiapas
to serve a six-year term.
Five candidates registered as candidates to fight the election.
However, on August 10
, Francisco Rojas Toledo
of the National Action Party
and Emilio Zebadúa
of New Alliance
announced that they were withdrawing from the election and throwing their support behind the Institutional Revolutionary Party
's José Antonio Aguilar Bodegas
in order to present a united front to prevent Juan José Sabines Guerrero
, representing the Alliance for the Good of All
and a protégé of incumbent governor Pablo Salazar Mendiguchía
, from winning. Rojas and Zebadúa called on their supporters to vote for Aguilar Bodegas instead;
however, their names still appeared on the ballot papers and votes were cast for both — in amounts greater than the difference between the two leading candidates.
The final result will not be known until the state Electoral Institute has resolved the large number of result review filings that were lodged, chiefly by the PRI-led Alliance for Chiapas.