Mexican court dismisses election appeal

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Posted: Aug 30, 2012 11:32 PM
Mexican court dismisses election appeal

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's highest election court has voted to dismiss legal challenges mounted by the second-place leftist candidate seeking to overturn the results of the July 1 presidential election.

All seven justices on the Federal Electoral Tribunal have voted to dismiss accusations by leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that winner Enrique Pena Nieto's campaign engaged in widespread vote-buying and campaign overspending.

The court ruled Thursday night that Lopez Obrador's team had not submitted convincing proof of the accusations.

Pena Nieto won 38 percent of the July 1 vote, followed by Lopez Obrador of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party at about 31 percent.

Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party has denied wrongdoing.