In the past few hours, former Bolivian President Evo Morales has asked his supporters, including the Central Obrera de Bolivia (COB), to accept October 18 as the date for the general election amid protests in the Andean nation around the polls to get ahead of us.
The presidential and parliamentary elections were originally scheduled for May 3, but have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Congress – controlled by Morales’ MAS – fixed it for September 6, but the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) postponed it to October 18 for the same reasons.
The TSE and Jeanine Áñez’s interim government, reluctantly accepting the September 6 date, defend that it is not possible to vote in the midst of the health crisis, given that Bolivia has not yet reached the peak of infections, while the MAS believes it is is a delaying strategy to harm his presidential candidate Luis Arce.
For example, in recent weeks protests, including roadblocks, have raged across Bolivian geography and the government has tried to establish a “national dialogue” that opposes it.