Bolivian Prosecutor orders arrest of members of electoral body after OAS audit


LA PAZ (Sputnik) – The Attorney General of Bolivia ordered the detention of all members of the national and departmental electoral courts, to subject them to criminal proceedings based on the audit of the Organization of American States (OAS) that said they had detected irregularities in the country's recent electoral process.

"The immediate commencement of the prosecution and prosecution of the members of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and the departmental courts is ordered for the irregular facts that were exposed in the electoral audit conducted by the OAS," an organization that recommended holding new elections. The attorney general, Juan Lanchipa, said in a mid-afternoon statement.

The electoral body has been at the center of the Bolivian political crisis for having closed the elections of October 20 with an official calculation that gave victory in the first round, and with it third re-election, to Evo Morales.
The president of the TSE, Maria Eugenia Choque, immediately announced her resignation on social networks, making herself available to the prosecutor almost at the same time that President Evo Morales confirmed his resignation in a message on television.
Police subsequently reported that, in compliance with prosecutor's orders, they had arrested the presidents and members of at least three departmental electoral courts and were preparing to execute arrest warrants against the other electoral authorities.

Of the seven members of the TSE, six are appointed by the Plurinational Legislative Assembly and the remaining by the president of the State.

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