The losing leftist Presidential candidate in Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has demanded a recount of the votes polled on Sunday's election.
With 99% of the votes counted, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Pena Nieto is leading with 38 percent, or by 3.2 million votes ahead of Obrador, who garnered 31.7 percent votes.
The ruling National Action Party's (PAN) Josefina Vazquez Mota is trailing with 26 percent votes, and admitted she is already out of the race.
Official declaration of final results is expected by Sunday.
Obrador has refused to admit defeat, accusing Nieto of violating electoral rules.
Addressing a joint news conference with the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) campaign coordinator Ricardo Monreal on Wednesday, Obrador claimed there had been "inconsistencies" in election procedures. "For the good of democracy and of the country, all the votes must be counted," he told reporters.
Monreal claimed that an investigation by the leftist coalition found that most of the 143,000 ballot boxes that were installed for the election had "inconsistencies."
He said the coalition has made a formal request seeking "a recount and counting the votes cast in the 143,000 ballot boxes."
Obrador, also known as AMLO or El Peje, said the election was neither fair nor transparent.
The 59 year-old former Mayor of Mexico city accused PRI of buying "millions of votes."
Obrador's defiance has raised fears that he could lead disruptive mass protests like he did six years ago, when he swore himself in as the "legitimate president of Mexico" after refusing to admit defeat at the hands of Felipe Calderon in the 2006 Presidential election.
On the other side, Nieto claimed victory, and vowed that his administration would have a "new way of governing."
by RTT Staff Writer
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