Two candidates for mayor of the Mexican city of Maravacio were shot one after the other just two hours apart.

Against this background, experts warn that the elections on June 2 may be accompanied by unprecedented violence, reported AP, quoted by BTA.

The local prosecutor's office reported that Armando Perez was killed shortly before midnight in his car in Maravasio.

He was the candidate of the conservative National Action Party (PND).

"This clearly shows the extremely disturbing level of violence and lack of security that reigns in the country ahead of the most important elections in Mexican history," PND president Marco Cortes wrote on social media.

Hours later, representatives of the ruling National Movement for Renewal (MORENA) party confirmed that their candidate, Miguel Angel Savala, had also been found shot dead in his car.

The state committee of MORENA defined Savala's murder as a "vile and shameful act".

The chairman of the regional structure of the party in the state of Michoacán, Juan Pablo Celis, has announced his intention to run, but his nomination has not yet been officially confirmed by MORENA.

The election race has not yet started.

Its official start will be given on Friday.

The increasing control of drug cartels over entire areas of Mexico has been identified as a threat.

In the last parliamentary elections in 2021, around 35 candidates were killed.

The western state of Michoacán is particularly affected by turf wars between criminal gangs.

The "New Generation Jalisco" cartel and the local gang "Viagras" are fighting for supremacy there.

Mexico has captured the alleged security chief of the Sinaloa drug cartel

According to a report by the non-governmental organization "Civic Data" (SD, Civic Data) published in January, political violence reached record levels in 2023. And everything indicates that "2024 will be even worse in this regard."

In Mexico, the practice of organizing a single voting day, in which local, state and federal elections are produced simultaneously, has been increasingly established.

"It is very likely that the biggest elections in history will suffer the biggest encroachments by organized crime," said the SD.

Michoacán was in fifth place in the number of attacks against politicians and representatives of the authorities last year;

of the first two are Guerrero in the south and Guanajuato in the north.

Zacatecas and Veracruz complete the five.

According to SD data, five people were killed in January who intended to appear as candidates in races for elected positions.

A report released earlier this month by Integralia Consultants noted that "organized crime will interfere in local elections in 2024 like never before" because the mayoral posts are at stake, while increasingly cartels are waging turf wars with each other and expanding their business model beyond the known borders of narcotics.

Cartels make much of their money by extorting local businesses and even local governments.

This is precisely why mayoral races are more important to them than national elections and are often accompanied by violence.

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