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Mar 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Mexico’s 2018 Elections: Institutions, Polls and Party Platforms


In four months Mexicans will elect 629 federal officials — including the president, 500 representatives and 128 senators — and close to 2,800 local officials, including 9 governors. Join us for a half-day roundtable to examine the current institutional context and party platforms of the main political coalitions in the country: PRI, PAN-PRD and Morena.


12 p.m. — Registration and Lunch

  • Welcoming remarks by Rafael Fernández de Castro, UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

12:30-1:15 p.m. — 2018 Mexican Elections: Institutional Capacity and Accountability

  • Luis Carlos Ugalde, Director of Integralia Consultores, President of the Federal Electoral Institute (2003-07)
  • Maria Marvan, Professor at the Instituto de Investigaciones Juridicas, IFE Electoral Counselor (since 2011)

1:15-2:15 p.m. — Tracking the Polls: Forecasts and Challenges

  • Lorena Becerra, Head Pollster, Reforma
  • Luis Estrada, CEO, SPIN Taller de Comunicación Política

2:30 p.m. — Party and Coalition Platforms: What is at Stake?

  • Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, Federal Senator from the state of Guanajuato (PAN)
  • Francisco Guerrero, Analysis and Strategy Coordinator to José Antonio Meade (PRI)
  • Abel Hibert, Economic Advisor to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Morena)
Event Website

Date and Time

Mar 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm


The Great Hall

Event Registration

Registration for this event is required by Mar 12, 2018. Visit the registration page for details.

Event Fee

Free to attend


Lisa Lee    858-534-2657


Faculty, Staff, Students, The General Public

Event Host

GPS Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

Event Category

Conferences, Workshops and Symposia