MADRID, Oct. 23 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The vice president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Bolivia, Antonio Costas, presented his resignation on Tuesday for the interruption of the vote count of the Transmission of Preliminary Electoral Results (TREP) in the framework of the elections held on Sunday in the country .
In a letter sent to the Bolivian Vice President, Álvaro García Linera, Costas has assured that his decision is of an “irrevocable” nature in the face of the “foolish decision” of the full hall of the electoral body to suspend the publication of the TREP data, which It has caused the “discrediting” of the electoral process.
“Through this, I make known to you my irrevocable resignation to the position of Member of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, a position that I accessed through a public call on July 10, 2015,” the text reflects.
In this regard, he has detailed that “he did not participate in the decision despite being the vice president” of the TSE. “The situation resulted in the discrediting of the entire electoral process, causing unnecessary social upheaval, which I hope will soon be solved,” he lamented in the letter.
The TSE itself has spoken on Tuesday in a brief statement to “repudiate and condemn acts of violence” and “ask the Bolivian population to maintain the climate of peace in which the elections took place on October 20”.
The TSE has stressed that the official results of the elections will be announced “within the term established by law” and, until then, it has called on Bolivians to “follow up” the scrutiny on its website, “where also there are the electoral records that support the transparency of the electoral process. ”
In addition, he has asked “political organizations and civil society to accompany this final phase in a peaceful manner.” “This is the only way to consolidate democracy,” he said.
The origin of the protests is the sudden suspension of the TREP the same election night. Until that moment, with more than 80 percent scrutinized, the TREP gave Evo Morales 45 percent and the opposition candidate Carlos Mesa, 38 percent of the votes, forcing a second round between the two next December .
The TREP has resumed in the last hours. With 95 percent of the scrutiny completed, Morales has rebounded to 46 percent, while Mesa has dropped to 37 percent. If the Bolivian president manages to distance himself ten points from the opposition leader, he will have avoided the second round, getting another five years of government.
Mesa called on Monday a “democratic mobilization” to avoid what he believes is an attempt by the Government to rig the election results to prevent Morales from going to a second round, the first in 17 years, in which he could be defeated if the Bolivian opposition – normally atomized – joins forces.