13 Jul 2013

Mayoral election won by dead man

10:21 am on 13 July 2013

A man who was declared dead in 2010 has won an election for mayor in Oaxaca state, Mexico.

Lenin Carballido won the election in the town of San Agustin Amatengo after posting pictures of himself alongside slogans like "United for Development".

However, police say Mr Carballido's family produced a death certificate in his name in 2010, when he was under investigation for a gang rape.

The BBC reports prosecutors are now investigating whether he faked his own death.

The Democratic Revolution Party said it had been fooled by the candidate and he would not be allowed to serve as mayor.

"When he registered as a candidate, he presented all his paperwork, his birth certificate, a letter stating he had no criminal record," said Rey Morales.

"He fooled the prosecutors' office, he fooled the office of records, he fooled electoral officials."

The death certificate reportedly recorded his death of "natural causes" following a diabetic coma.

The BBC reports the certificate was signed by a doctor and issued by the records office, which also marked his death in the official registry.