Bolivia’s new vote counting system abandoned just hours before the elections

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The president of the Supreme Electoral Court of Bolivia argued that the system does not guarantee security in the complete dissemination of the data, a criticism already mentioned by the Movement to Socialism.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Bolivia decided not to use the new computerized system of quick vote counting a few hours before the start of the presidential elections, informed the president of the TSE, Salvador Romero, according to the newspaper Página Siete.

Direpre (new system for the Disclosure of Preliminary Results), previously presented by the TSE, was criticized by presidential candidate Luis Arce, from the Movement to Socialism (MAS), among others.

The criticisms are due to the delay in publishing the photographs of the ballot papers. According to the new rules, the photos could only be published after verification at the data processing centers.

“In the past few weeks, the TSE has conducted tests and simulations of Direpre and we would like to inform the country that the test results do not allow us to have confidence in a complete dissemination of the data that offer certainty to the country. That is why, with technical seriousness and motivated by the responsibility, the TSE decided to remove the Direpre from the day of the voting “, explained Romero to the media.

The president of the TSE guaranteed, however, that the counting of votes will be carried out in accordance with the law, in a safe and transparent manner, and that everyone will be able to observe the process of counting votes.

“Any citizen will be able to photograph the ballot papers from the ballot box, political organizations that have delegates are entitled to a copy of the ballot, and the counting and counting will be carried out in public,” said Romero.

According to the president of the TSE, in order to communicate the official results, the work will be done “every Sunday night [18] and so many hours on Monday [19] as many as needed “.

More than seven million Bolivians are called to the polls on Sunday (18) to elect the country’s new president, the culmination of a long process to restore constitutional order after the coup that ousted former president Evo Morales.

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