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The OAS calls for the repetition of elections in Bolivia

November 10, 2019

Groups of protesters demanding the resignation of the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, close to a state radio and television. – REUTERS / STRINGER.

The auditors denounce “a clear manipulation” of the system of transmission of results that granted Morales the direct victory

The OAS calls for calm and asks that the president's mandate remain uninterrupted until new elections are held

MADRID, 10 (EUROPE PRESS)

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has called for the annulment of the elections in Bolivia in accordance with the preliminary results of the team of auditors responsible for assessing the democratic quality of the process, initially planned for the 13 November but advanced by the seriousness of the post-election crisis in the Latin American country.

In said report, the auditors denounce a “manipulation” of the computer system used in the transmission of the vote count of such caliber that has demanded an investigation of what happened, and even requested the dissolution of the country's current electoral authorities.

In general terms and due to the aforementioned deficiencies, the auditors consider it “statistically improbable” that the president of the country, Evo Morales, obtained the 10 percentage points of advantage necessary to guarantee his direct victory in the elections established by said system.

“By virtue of the seriousness of the complaints and analysis regarding the electoral process that the team of auditors has transferred to me, we must state that the first round of the elections held last October 20 must be annulled and the electoral process must begin again” , as Almagro said through a statement.

Alamagro has requested that the new elections be held “as soon as there are new conditions that give new guarantees for their celebration, including a new composition of the electoral body,” he added, citing the results of the preliminary report, which he has made available to the public. .

THE AUDITORS QUESTION THE DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

In the document, available here , “the audit team cannot validate the results of this election, so another electoral process is recommended” and states that “any future process must have new electoral authorities to be able to carry out reliable elections “.

In their examination, the auditors have found irregularities “ranging from very serious to indicative,” which have led the team “to question the integrity of the results.”

In particular, they point to a “clear manipulation” of the system of Transmission of Preliminary Electoral Results (TREP), which on the electoral night was interrupted for 23 hours just when it forced a second round between Morales and the main opposition leader, Carlos Mesa.

After its resumption, the TREP reversed the trend and granted the victory in the first round to Morales, which led Mesa to denounce a “gigantic fraud.” Both called for the mobilization of their own, which resulted in the wave of riots that has shaken the country.

“The manipulations to the computer system are of such magnitude that they must be deeply investigated by the Bolivian State to get to the bottom and disclaim the responsibilities of this serious case,” adds the preliminary document of the auditors.

For all these reasons, the report points out that, although “it is possible that the candidate Morales was in the first place, it is statistically unlikely that Morales has obtained the 10 percent difference in votes necessary to avoid a second round.”

The OAS has recommended that Morales' presidential term remain uninterrupted until the final report of the auditors is in his hands.

Until then, the OAS asks for protection and guarantees for the right to peaceful protest, “while the institutions of the Bolivian State must act in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and the laws of the country.”

“The most valuable thing to keep in mind at this time is the right to life of the Bolivians and avoid any violent confrontation between compatriots,” Almagro said, before withdrawing his call “to avoid the overflow of violence” and move “his solidarity with the Bolivian People, “the statement concludes.