‘Fake trans’ candidates aim to game election

Transgender politics in the Mexican state of Oaxaca are uniquely fraught, as Oaxacan electoral rules allow muxes — a traditional third-gender group belonging to indigenous Zapotec society — to run as women.

The twist is the apparent abuse of this by male candidates identifying as muxes solely to seek offices legally delegated to women.

Following a 2014 Constitutional amendment, political parties in Mexico must ensure 50-50 gender parity for candidates for elected office.

The national electoral tribunal disqualified these “fake transgender” candidates with an admonition to local authorities to be more careful in their screening processes.

Source: The Guardian

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