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The Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) is an autonomous, public organization responsible for organizing federal elections in Mexico, that is, those related to the election of president of the United Mexican States and to the election of Lower and Upper Chamber members that constitute the Mexican Union Congress. Seal of the Office of the President of Mexico The President of United Mexican States is the head of state of Mexico. ... The Chamber of Deputies (Spanish: Cámara de Diputados) is the lower house of Mexicos bicameral legislature, the Congress of the Union. ... The Senate (Spanish: Cámara de Senadores or Senado) is the upper house of Mexicos bicameral Congress. ... Congress (formally: Congreso de la Unión or Congress of the Union) is the legislative branch of the Mexican government. ...

As of 2006 the IFE general counsel is presided by Luis Carlos Ugalde 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Luis Carlos Ugalde Ramírez (b. ...


The IFE was formally established on October 11, 1990, as a result of a series of constitutional reforms approved in 1989, and of the issuing of a new legislation in electoral subject matter on August 1990, the Federal Code of Electoral Institutions and Procedures (COFIPE), currently in force. The Legislative branch of the Union, the national political parties, and the citizens participate in its integration. October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... -1... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article lists political parties in Mexico. ...

Ever since its creation, the constitutional and legal regulations in this subject matter have experienced significant reform processes, which have had an impact on its integration and attributions. The most recent of these reforms, approved in 1996, reinforced the level of independence and autonomy of the IFE by completely dissociating the Executive branch from any aspect regarding its integration and functioning, and by reserving the vote within all its directive bodies to the councilors that do not have links to any party or to any state power or body. 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...

The IFE has legal personality and patrimony of its own. Unlike the bodies that preceded it in its function of organizing federal elections, its nature is permanent. Its headquarters are located in the Federal District, and it is organized under a decentralized frame that allows it to exercise its attributions throughout the country. Mexico City (Spanish: Ciudad de México) is the name of a megacity located in the Valley of Mexico (Valle de México), a large valley in the high plateaus (altiplano) at the center of Mexico, about 2,240 metres (7,349 feet) above sea-level, surrounded on most sides...

Professional Electoral Service

In order to guarantee a professional and specialized performance of its responsibilities, the IFE counts on a special system of recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of qualified staff to provide electoral services, especially in its fundamental areas, which are the ones directly linked with the preparation and organization of elections.

External links

  • IFE's website

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