Bolivia renounces the new vote counting system a few hours before the elections

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LA PAZ (Sputnik) – The Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Bolivia (TSE) resigned a few hours before the presidential elections the new computerized system for rapid vote counting, TSE president Salvador Romero said.

The new system of Dissemination of Preliminary Results (Direpre), previously presented by the TSE, was criticized, among others, by the presidential candidate Luis Arce, of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) of former president Evo Morales.
The criticisms were due to the delay in the publication of the photographs of the electoral records. Under the new rules, photos could be published only after verification in data centers.

“The TSE has carried out, in the course of the last weeks, the tests and drills for the Direpre. And we want to inform the country that the results of the tests do not allow us to be sure of the complete dissemination of the data that offer certainty to the That is why with technical seriousness and motivated with responsibility, the TSE has decided the removal of the Direpre from the voting day“Romero explained to the press.

The president of the TSE assured that, however, the vote count will be carried out in accordance with the law in a safe and transparent manner.

He also commented that everyone will be able to observe the vote counting process.

“Any citizen will be able to photograph the electoral records, the political organizations that have delegates have the right to a copy of the minutes, the count and scrutiny will be developed in public,” Romero said.

As added by the president of the TSE, to report the official data will work “all night on Sunday (18) and the hours of Monday (19) that are necessary.”

More than seven million bolivianos they are called to the polls on October 18 to renew the government and parliament, in the culmination of a long process that attempts to restore constitutional order after the coup that overthrew former President Morales.

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