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UPDATED: 10:03, May 21, 2007
Mexico's local elections take place peacefully
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Local elections in the State of Yucatan, in southeastern Mexico, proceeded normally on Sunday with all the ballot boxes put in place, electoral authorities said.

A total of 2,197 polling stations opened at 10:30 a.m. (1630 GMT) in the 1,800 districts of the state.

The ruling National Action Party (PAN), the opposition Democratic Revolution Party and the three-way coalition of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the Mexican Green Ecologist Party and the Yucatan Alliance are the three leading contenders in the race.

Some minor incidents occurred on election day. In the town of Dzemul, PAN followers tried to prevent PRI candidate Ivonne Ortega from casting her vote, while the coalition's candidate Ana Rosa Payan complained to media that other parties were bribing voters.

Yucatan's state elections for governor and local representatives is the first local election since Felipe Calderon was sworn-in as president of Mexico last December.

Source: Xinhua

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