UN, EU and the Catholic Church call Bolivians to vote in peace

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The UN, the European Union (EU) and the Catholic Church call on Bolivians to vote in peace in Sunday's elections to prevent a repeat act of violence.

“I salute the determination of the Bolivian people to participate in the elections. Everyone should be able to exercise the right to vote in peace, without intimidation or violence, "the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, emphasized in a statement on Friday.

Referring to the unrest arising from the resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales on November 10, 2019 due to the US-backed coup, Bachelet pointed out that "no one wants the events of last year to be repeated."

The high commissioner of the United Nations (UN) also expressed her "deep concern over the inflammatory language and threats made by some political actors in recent weeks, as well as the growing number of physical attacks recorded" in the campaign, referred Hispantv.

Furthermore, Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, urged Bolivian citizens to "commit to holding peaceful elections", as well as to respect "the final results of the vote."

In this way, the UN endorsed the call of the European Union, which sent an electoral observation mission to the country, in which it asks local political leaders to "avoid violence during and after the electoral process, so as not to create a climate of confrontation and aggression that prevent the successful completion of the present process of democratic transition ”.

Along the same lines, the president of the Bolivian Episcopal Conference, Ricardo Centellas, demanded on Friday that all the Bolivian people take advantage of "this opportunity to give stability to the country, after a troubled year."

Seven million Bolivian citizens are summoned to the polls and some 300.000 are authorized to vote abroad, more than half of them in Argentina. Due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the cause of covid-19, at least 28.000 will not be able to exercise their right in cities in northern Chile.

All the polls indicate the candidate of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) to the Presidency of Bolivia, Luis Arce, as the winner in the first round. The candidate assures, in fact, that the only way for his electoral rival and former president Carlos Mesa to win the elections on October 18 is through "fraud."

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