UN asks Bolivia to wait for official vote count

Bolivian indigenous people exercise their right to vote (Photo by AIZAR RALDES / AFP)

The resident coordinator of the United Nations in Bolivia, Susana Sottoli, said today that the agency's technicians recommend waiting for the official vote count of the regional elections, reported Prensa Latina

The electoral body decided that it is not going to implement the quick count system and, as happened last year, specialists always recommend waiting for the official balance of the minutes, which is the most accurate source of the results, the authority said.

However, even if the first method is not applied, the dissemination of results from the exit of the exit box and rapid calculation was authorized from 20.00:XNUMX p.m. local time, as long as the polling companies comply with the established requirements, he added.

Ciemcorp SRL (Ciesmori) and Focaliza Inteligencia de Mercado are the only two firms registered and authorized to carry out these studies in at least 90 percent of the sample by geographic level of disaggregation, according to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

On the other hand, the resident coordinator of the United Nations (UN) in this country conveyed her wish that the day be developed in a peaceful, participatory, transparent and exemplary manner, as occurred in the previous call.

The idea is to reissue what happened on October 18, 2020 when people went en masse to the polls, with a lot of discipline and self-care in terms of biosecurity measures due to Covid-19, he remarked.

More than 7,1 million Bolivians were summoned this Sunday until 17:00 p.m. local time to elect governors, deputy governors, departmental assembly members, mayors, councilors, corregidores and other local representatives.

The people went to the polls

Bolivian citizens went to the polls yesterday to elect 4.962 new authorities, of which 583 are departmental authorities, 27 regional and 4.352 municipal.

The 5.538 electoral precincts arranged for this event had to open at 8 am, local time, (12.00 GMT), however the lack of electoral juries was a trend that was presented at the beginning of the elections and was resolved during the day that It culminated at 5 pm local time (21.00 GMT), one hour more than usual due to the pandemic.

In an unusual event at the table that corresponded to President Luis Arce, it took three hours to enable the polls, but the president was able to cast his vote.

Arce regretted this incident but assured that the tables with this type of incident could close later.
Salvador Romero, president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) confirmed that last night the counting of all the votes would begin, "the act of scrutiny and counting, which any citizen may photograph."

The day featured observation missions from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (Uniore).

With yesterday's elections the electoral calendar in the country is completed, after last year's elections in which Luis Arce, of the Movement for Socialism (MAS), was elected as president of Bolivia, in addition to the members of Parliament.



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