By: Sandra de los Santos
On Wednesday night, August 31, the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) ordered María Gloria Sánchez restored to her constitutional position as municipal president of Oxchuc.
The resolution in favor of María Gloria Sánchez was expected, since the case involving the restitution of the Chenalhó mayor was discussed, a few weeks ago, and the TEPJF magistrates announced that it would also be voting in that same way in the Oxchuc case.
The project presented by Magistrate Manuel González Oropeza suggested a plebiscite for appeal directly to an Assembly of the Population for the purpose of resolving the post-electoral conflict in Oxchuc. That point was rejected, however, and what was resolved was restoring the mayor without a plebiscite.
Six months ago, in an extraordinary session of Permanent Commission of the State Congress, the request for an indefinite leave that the Oxchuc mayor presented was approved; she was never able to take possession of the office because of the demonstrations that took place in the municipality. 
Three weeks ago, leaders from 105 Oxchuc communities agreed on the expulsion of the political parties from that municipio and from now on they would elect their authorities through “uses and customs” (traditional indigenous methods). Therefore, they asked Governor Manuel Velasco Coello and deputies of the State Congress for the recognition of Oscar Gómez López, the current mayor.
They warned that they won’t permit the return of María Gloria Sánchez, who would be repeating for a second time as municipal president. They accuse her of being part of the PRI-PVEM’s political boss system (cacicazgo) in the municipio.
In Chenalhó, despite the Tribunal’s resolution, the mayor remains without the power to exercise her functions in practice because conditions in the municipio don’t permit it.
Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee