Four international missions observe Bolivian electoral process

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LA PAZ (Sputnik) – At least four international missions have already started monitoring the elections on October 18 in Bolivia, which will end the transition led by Jeanine Áñez since the overthrow of Evo Morales last November, authorities confirmed this 14 October.

“We have four international observation missions, from the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Carter Center and the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations. [Uniore]”, the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Salvdor Romero, told reporters.

After receiving the last of these missions, that of the American Carter Center, Romero said that the TSE has also accredited other foreign delegations and international political figures.
José Antonio De Gabriel, head of the Carter Center delegation, said that he followed up, with Romero, at Bolivian electoral process that that organization has been doing for three months.
“We see this electoral process with confidence, we hope that on Sunday [18 de octubre] pass with normality and the following ones also and that it is a democratic party in which the plurality of a country is expressed, “he declared.

De Gabriel called on citizens to trust the TSE, noting that the Carter Center positively valued the tasks of this body to give transparency to the electoral process, including an update of the electoral roll and measures to control voting and counting, in addition to health provisions.

“For an electoral tribunal, the important thing is not who wins the elections, but how the elections are won; this involves transparency, openness, pluralism and inclusion,” said the international envoy.

He added, in response to consultations on possible post-electoral disorders, that Bolivia should not fear a crisis if the parties and citizens trust the electoral referee and transparency provisions are met.

In 2019, allegations of fraud were launched by opponents of Morales even a year before the general elections and were reactivated after the October 20 vote, leading to the upheaval that led to the fall of the indigenous president.
In parallel, the OAS electoral observation mission met with President Áñez.
“We have spoken of a fundamental principle of democracy, which is loyalty to results, respect for results,” said Francisco Guerrero, head of the OAS delegation, after that meeting at the Government Palace.

He noted that the international body expected the authorities “to carry out their activities in accordance with what the law establishes” to guarantee transparent and non-violent elections.

In last year’s elections, the OAS joined the denouncements of Morales’s party’s alleged fraud and presented an observation report and an audit, which the local justice has not yet validated.

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