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Mexico's Indigenous Participate More in Elections but Exercise Fewer Social Rights

Alonso Urrutia - La Jornada
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April 23, 2013

In accordance with an assessment by the Federal Electoral Institute concerning political behavior and the exercise of social rights, such as education and health, there is greater participation in elections and a significant lack in exercising basic guarantees, such as social security and education, in the 28 districts considered indigenous (those with at least 40 percent of the population being ethnic).

The study, carried out by the IFE Center for Democratic Development, showed that, while electoral participation in these communities was 6 percent higher than the national average, the indicators related to education reveal quantitative and qualitative deficits, such as illiteracy rates which were reported to be 19.24 percent, in comparison to 5.69 percent in non-indigenous election districts.

“The challenge for democracies consists of reconsidering their work as an instrument to integrate distinct social groups into public decision making and deliberation in shared spaces,” the document said.

Read the rest at Mexico Voices

Translated by Courtney Webster

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