The team of the president-elect of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, revealed today the question of the popular consultation on the future of the New International Airport of Mexico (NAIM) to be held between October 25 and 28.
"Given the saturation of the International Airport of Mexico City, which option do you propose is better for the country?", Will question the ballot to citizens and offer two possible answers.
The first will be "Reconditioning the current Mexico City International Airport, that of Toluca and building two runways at the Santa Lucia military air base", López Obrador's favorite option.
And the second: "Continue with the construction of the Texcoco Airport (NAIM) and stop using the current airport in Mexico City," following the plans of the outgoing president, Enrique Peña Nieto.
Jesús Ramírez, spokesman for the president-elect, informed in a press conference that a summary of the main advantages and disadvantages of each of the options will be printed behind the ballot.
As previously reported last week, Ramírez explained that the consultation will be held in 538 municipalities of the country, including all state capitals, where 82% of the population of Mexico lives.
The vote will be held in 1,073 tables that will be located in public squares and the Arturo Rosenblueth Foundation, dedicated to applied computing, will be responsible for counting the votes.
Also a citizen council conformed by professors of the main academic centers of the country will watch over the impartiality and the transparency of the process.
Ramírez informed that the cost of the consultation will be around 1.5 million pesos ($ 80,000), which will be voluntary contributions from the deputies, presumably from the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) led by López Obrador, who will assume the Presidency on March 1. December.
"There will be a lot of criticism for the interests against, but what is at issue is that the opinion be given to the people," claimed Enrique Calderón, activist and president of the Rosenblueth Foundation.
The construction of the new airport, a great work of Peña Nieto in the municipality of Texcoco, has an advance of 32% and so far have been spent about 100,000 million pesos (about 5,233 million dollars), of the total of 13,000 million dollars that are expected to cost.
López Obrador has always criticized this work as expensive and damaging to the environment, and has proposed transforming the military air terminal of Santa Lucía into a civilian airport, with a cost of 66,878 million pesos (3.500 million dollars).