Why Did the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Mexico Never Lost any Election till 2000?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Mexico never lost any election till 2000 because PRI spent large amounts of money to attract candidates to its campaign. Apart from this, there were several other reasons. Although Mexico was never under a dictatorship or military rule, the Institutional Revolutionary Party still managed to never lose an election until 2000 due to its unfair tactics.

Reasons for PRI not losing any Election in Mexico till 2000

Ever since Mexico gained independence, elections have been held every six years. Many parties contested the elections, but only a single party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, won elections. Here are the reasons why:

  • Parents whose children went to government schools were forced to vote for the PRI.
  • People who worked in government offices had to attend the meetings of the PRI on a compulsory basis.
  • Polling booths were deliberately changed at the last minute.
  • The funded media heavily criticized other political parties and concentrated on the carefully curated agendas of the PRI.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) never lost an election because of the numerous efforts it made to persuade people to vote for them, not for its political agenda, but for its image and power. They manipulated the rules and took advantage of the system to win the elections. The Party practically forced voters to vote for them by creating situations that made considering other political parties as suitable candidates impossible.

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