Bolivia, in tension, goes to the polls to elect a new president

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Peace-. Almost a year after the coup that ended the mandate of Evo Morales, more than 7.3 million people today go to the polls in the general elections in Bolivia to decide the fate of the country.

Amid high tensions due to the deployment of more than 23 thousand police and military throughout the nation and the suppression at the last minute of the rapid counting of votes, the Andean Amazonian nation will have to choose between five presidential candidates, starting at 08:00 a.m. until 17:00 local time.

The candidates who are vying for the presidential chair are Luis Arce, from the Movement to Socialism, Carlos Mesa (Citizen Community), Luis Fernando Camacho (We Believe Alliance), Chi Hyun Chung (Front for Victory) and Feliciano Mamani (Bolivian National Action Party ).

To win in the first round, the person elected must reach more than 50 percent of the votes, or at least 40 percent of the ballots with a difference of 10 points over the occupant of second place, according to the rules of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). From Argentina, where he is a refugee after the coup in November 2019, Morales warned about the destabilizing intentions of the de facto government, headed by Jeanine Áñez, regarding the harassment against certain groups of international observers.

(Arturo) Murillo, Minister of Government, damages the image of Bolivia and even more that of the Bolivian Police, using it for personal and political purposes with harassment and persecution of observers from several countries, emphasized the Bolivian president between 2006 and 2019, in his twitter account.

The president of Argentina himself, Alberto Fernández, also denounced that his country’s deputies’ were mistreated ‘in Bolivia, when they came to fulfill the duties of observers of the elections this Sunday, and directly demanded from the’ de facto government of Jeanine Añez, preserve the integrity of the delegation ‘.

Regarding the rapid vote counting mechanism, Morales said that “it is highly worrying that the TSE decides to suspend the Dissemination of Preliminary Results (Direpre) system a few hours before the elections. This last minute decision raises questions about his intentions. ‘

Under these conditions of high tension, Bolivians will have to decide the future of the nation, which is immersed in a deep economic, political and social crisis, aggravated by the onslaught of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, causing Covid-19 disease.

Bolivians around the world already exercise their right to vote and even in Asia, due to the time difference, the voting tables have already been closed.

The TSE, on its Twitter account, published images of polling stations created in South Korea, China, Japan, India, Russia, Spain, France, Belgium, Egypt, Switzerland and Germany.

According to data from the 2020 electoral roll, a total of 301 thousand 631 Bolivians abroad will be able to exercise their right to vote, while seven million 31 thousand 294 will do so in national territory.

In addition to the president and the vice president, the Bolivian people will vote to choose 36 senators, 130 deputies and nine supra-state representatives.





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