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Mexico: Supreme Court Dismisses Constitutional Challenge to Electoral Reform

(Oct. 8, 2008) It was reported on October 3, 2008, that the Supreme Court of Mexico (known as the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation) decided that it was not possible for a judicial challenge to be brought against, and for the Supreme Court to review, the content of a constitutional reform.  The Court ruled that it was possible only to challenge the legislative process involved in such reforms and thereby bring about a Court review to determine whether the legal requirements to amend the Constitution were met.  Based on this criterion, the Court dismissed four challenges – amparo writs – to the content of recent constitutional reforms on electoral matters. These reforms, among other changes, prohibit private individuals from contracting for advertising in order to influence electoral campaigns. (Carlos Avilés et al., SCJN: No Procede Impugnar Reforma a la Constitución, EL UNIVERSAL, Oct. 3, 2008, available at http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/nacion/162746.html.)