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Maria-Jose Gomez-Ruiz

Maria-Jose Gomez-Ruiz is a DPhil Candidate in Political Theory at the University of Oxford and a lecturer in Ethics and Social Philosophy at Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara. Her thesis research focuses on democratic theory, specifically in the development of a theoretical account of a substantive right to candidacy. She has side interests and publications in feminism, the political thought of John Locke, and the teaching of the liberal arts.

On September 6, 2023, the results of the nationwide popular polls were tallied to select the next presidential candidate for Morena, Mexico’s incumbent party. Just hours before the results were announced, prominent candidate Marcelo Ebrard voiced concerns about the integrity of the counting process, calling for a complete restart. He pointed out a “worrisome” 14.4% incidence of cancelled ballot boxes in Morena’s main survey. Ebrard also accused the use of police force to prevent his supporters from placing their ballots. Furthermore, he argued that Morena had operated on a clientelist structure which conditioned citizens’ social benefits to promote support for his rival. His plea was dismissed by party leaders, who proceeded to declare Claudia Sheinbaum as the winner. Mexico’s political …