The President of the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) of Bolivia, Salvador Romero, assured this Wednesday that the electoral body would not change the date of the general election, which was postponed to October 18, after meeting with the leaders of the organizations against the postponement protest.
“It was understood that September 6th is no longer a viable date for the elections in Bolivia. The TSE has indicated that October 18th is the most appropriate date and the last date of the electoral process,” Romero said at the end of the Election process The meeting, which was attended by five social sectors, was mobilized in the hope that the TSE would correct and re-date the elections for September.
To justify his decision, Romero stated that the October 18 date offered “better health guarantees” as Bolivia is expected to have passed the coronavirus pandemic peak, the reason behind the postponement. In addition, “it is the maximum date from a constitutional point of view” and “from a technical point of view it is the most appropriate,” he said, as reported by the local newspaper “El Deber”.
The TSE’s position did not fit well with the social organizations affiliated with former President Evo Morales’ party, Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), led by the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) and which have set up more than 50 roadblocks all of Bolivia as part of their actions against the new election date.