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abstention

Politics the act of withholding one's vote
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What I mean to say is that in the human age that we are living through, to concern ourselves with these values alone, and to take refuge in them, in works of fiction, or science, even, is an abstentionism as dishonest and dishonourable as any other.
The most serious consequence of the process was not the defeat of the PRD or the victory of the PRI, but the high level of abstentionism," said Yescas.
It would be very dangerous if this election were won by abstentionism," said the bishop.
While the electoral results bode well for the PRD, analysts and politicians alike were concerned by a troubling trend: the continuing high rate of abstentionism in the Mexico state election.
Pena Nieto, however, minimized the abstentionism concerns, saying that voter participation was within the historical trend of 40%, at least for the last two elections.
From our point of view, alcoholism is the number-one problem in our country, and the presence of alcohol could harm the electoral process by promoting abstentionism or encouraging conflicts," said Lupita Rodriguez Martinez, a columnist for the Monterrey daily newspaper El Porvenir.
According to the IEEM, abstentionism in traditionally strong PAN strongholds outside of Mexico City was close to 60%, causing the center-right party to lose municipalities like Atizapan and Naucalapan to the PRI.
Abstentionism was very high, however, with only 45% of registered voters casting a ballot.
Abstentionism was high in most elections, with slightly more than half of registered voters casting their ballots in Tamaulipas, Puebla, and Sinaloa.
Some legislators are concerned that the high abstentionism may extend to the 2006 presidential elections, especially with political scandals capturing the top headlines in the news media.
Abstentionism in Tijuana was almost 65%, compared with 37% in the 2001 election.
The state electoral institutes said abstentionism reached slightly more than 50% in Durango, 55% in Chihuahua, and 57% in Zacatecas.