**The following statement was issued after 11:00 p.m., Sunday, July 2, 2006, after IFE announced no immediate result to the Mexican presidential election
Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza
Mexico City, July 2, 2006 – “Fair and transparent elections are the underpinning of democracy. Though everyone hopes and expects to see a clear and decisive victory on Election Day, the transparent process of reviewing ballots is also a fundamental tenet of democratic government.
“I am convinced Mexicans will wait patiently and prudently as the Federal Electoral Institute reviews today’s voting records. I know that that the Federal Electoral Institute’s procedures will be thorough and transparent, and will result in a victory -- not only for a democratically-elected President -- but for all Mexicans.
“I congratulate Mexico, and take the opportunity to say again that the United States looks forward to working with the President-elect -- whoever is declared the winner -- on the broad range of ongoing and important U.S.-Mexico issues.
“Ninety-five observers from the U.S Embassy and our Consulates in Mexico, along with international observers from countries around the world, visited polling sites in Mexico today to witness democracy in action. I, too, had the honor of serving as an election observer in polling places in Iztapalapa, Lomas de Chapultepec, and Cuauhtémoc. In each polling place, I witnessed people exercising their fundamental democratic rights in an orderly and organized fashion.
“I believe that the actions of Mexico’s current administration, the political parties, and the transparency of its election-monitoring body, the IFE, will further strengthen civic pride and Mexico’s place in the world as a prime example of the world’s strong democracies.”
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