Merida to Remain Governed by PAN

Cecilia Patrón Laviada won the contest with over 30,000 votes

Merida, the capital city of the state, was confirmed as a stronghold of the National Action Party (PAN) by receiving 258,489 votes and achieving the victory of Cecilia Patrón Laviada, former general secretary of the blue and white party.

At the conclusion of the official counts early this Saturday morning, it was confirmed that she had a lead of 53,094 votes over the former Olympic diver Rommel Pacheco Marrufo, the standard-bearer of Morena, PT, and PVEM, who garnered the support of 205,395 voters.

According to the PRI, which nominated Patrón Laviada as a common candidacy, it contributed to the victory by more than 30,000 votes. In third place was Gerardo Ocampo Castro of Movimiento Ciudadano with 35,892 votes, quintupling his vote count compared to the 2021 elections for the Merida City Council.

Juan José Stiles Ramos of the PRD lagged far behind with 2,684 ballots in his favor, surpassed by the null votes which totaled 12,111.

Thus, PAN will continue to govern the Yucatecan capital for three more years, marking the fifth consecutive blue and white municipal administration. Previously, it had managed to stay in the City Council for two decades until the PRI regained it in 2010.

Upon receiving her certificate of majority, Cecilia Patrón stated: “The contest is over. From now on, we begin a new stage of work for our city, from unity, hand in hand with everyone.”

Hours before the official result was known, in a video on social networks, the Morena member Rommel Pacheco acknowledged his defeat and wished success to his former benchmate.

Source: Diario de Yucatan