The General Council of the Mexican National Electoral Institute (INE) approved a measure on 24 October 2016, which sets guidelines for an electronic internet-based voting system for Mexicans living abroad (Excelsior). The vote of seven in favor and two against does not assure the system will be approved, but is the start of a process to analyze the best options available. INE Board Member Enrique Andrade González suggested the guidelines sought to ensure only one vote would be issued to each eligible citizen living abroad (Excelsior). INE Chairman Lorenzo Córdova warned the system was not guaranteed to take part in the 2018 election, but would be crucial for future votes. The General Council agreed the system, although subject to testing and evaluation, would be in place by March 2017 (La Jornada).