the Federal Judiciary (PJF).
(U) The official results of the local recount are not yet
released, but are already hotly contested. Officials of the
National Action Party (PAN) of Felipe Calderon, who apparentlycarried Sonora overwhelmingly, claim that the recount foundminor differences numbering only around several hundred (andaffecting both major candidates) in the whole state, a total
which would not impact significantly on the outcome. They chalkup those differences to human error. The most publicized
"error" was an apparent crediting of 101 more votes in one
District 3 casilla to Calderon than existing ballots. After a
few days of speculation about problems of this dimensionpossibly being rife in Sonora, the missing ballots turned up inthe sealed packet for the municipal election held simultaneouslyon July 2, erasing that discrepancy.
(SBU) However, PRD officials, fighting for their candidateAndres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMU)) however, are claiming thatwith errors found in a high percentage (80 percent, they assert)of the casillas selected for recounting, there must have been
systematic cheating. They urge that all votes in Districts 3, 4
and 5 especially (Hermosillo and Guaymas), should be nullified.
(Comment: In the unlikely event that the PRD suggestions were
followed, this would have the effect of lowering Calderon's votetotal by about 90 thousand votes, with a less dramatic impact on
AMLO, who received far fewer votes in the original count. End
(U) Sonora Governor Eduardo Bours, an InstitutionalRevolutionary Party (PRI) politician, publicly vouched for theintegrity of the Sonoran electoral process over the weekend.The PRD initially claimed Bours had worked in favor of Calderonand against AMLO, but backed off when the Governor challenged
them to produce proof. In advance of the official recount
results, Archbishop Jose Ulises Macias Salcedo called on AMLOsupporters to preserve social peace and accept the numbers if
they went against them.6.
(U) Meanwhile, the PRD has pursued a small scale campaign
"civil resistance" in Sonora through peaceful demonstrations.On August 12, the Principal Officer (PO) observed that fifteenPRD supporters had taken over the toll booths just outside of
Hermosillo on Highway 15, the main road north to Nogales. Theyapparently had done so with no resistance. No police officers
were in sight
as the PRD followers held up signs calling for avote by vote recount nationally and waved cars and trucks
through without collecting any money.7.
(U) PO arrived at Hermosillo Airport too late to witness the