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The TSE shuffles June as the date for the elections of the democratic restoration in Bolivia

December 29, 2019


The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) is considering the month of June for the holding of general elections for democratic restoration in Bolivia after the resignation of President Evo Morales and other senior officials amid a wave of protests and police pressure and Army.

The TSE must publish the electoral calendar on January 7 at the latest to meet the deadlines, which would hold a inauguration of the new president for August 6 according to the traditional Bolivian calendar.

The draft electoral agenda was presented last Friday to the departmental members of the TSE for consideration. “No specific dates have been established, but there are ceilings. Given that it is subject to change, the draft electoral calendar indicates that the first round of the elections would take place in June,” explained the member of the Departmental Court of Potosí, Julio Mujica, in statements to the Bolivian newspaper 'El Debe'.

“If there were a second round it would be done in July and the new government would take possession in August. It is the information that can be given,” Mujica said. The dates are being handled with a very reserved character. Neither members of the TSE nor other departmental members have wanted to refer to the issue until the deadlines are set.

The procedure is undermined by the fact that in some departments such as Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Potosí, the departmental electoral courts lack infrastructure due to violent protests before and after Morales's departure from power.

“We are making efforts to meet the deadlines that are short. There is the ability to work, but it is very complicated in Santa Cruz, because we do not have infrastructure. We have burned offices and lost documentation. Our vehicles date from 1998 and 2004. You have to travel to the provinces in an apartment that is the largest in the country, “explained the member of the Departmental Electoral Court of Santa Cruz, Marcelo Yabeta.

The political crisis in Bolivia broke out after the presidential elections of October 20, in which the now former president Evo Morales proclaimed his victory but the opposition denounced a “gigantic fraud.”

The Organization of American States (OAS) has concluded in its final report that in the elections there was “malicious manipulation” and “partiality”, as well as “serious irregularities”, such as “lack of protection of the minutes” and the loss of “sensitive material”.

Morales resigned on November 10 and fled to Mexico amid pressure from protests and lack of support from Police and Armed Forces. Jeanine Áñez, second vice president of the Senate, proclaimed herself interim president to fill the power vacuum left by the former president and the resignation of other senior officials.

Bolivia is now preparing to hold new elections in which neither Morales nor his vice president, Álvaro García Linera, will be able to participate, according to the agreement to which his party, the Movement To Socialism (MAS), and the parties of the former opposition have arrived in Congress.