Bolivian Elections Raise International Expectations


La Paz, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) The primary elections held Sunday in Bolivia have generated international expectations, declared president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Maria Eugenia Choque.
Our process is viewed with considerable expectation, said Choque in a national television hearing, referring to this Sunday’s primaries, the first in the democratic history of the South American country.

The TSE Head indicated the international observers received an information seminar with all the logistics, legal and communication regarding the elections.

They are currently visiting the polling stations and in the late afternoon or morning will submit a report to make assessments and recommendations, she said.

In this respect, she recalled that as TSE had the experience of participating as observers in other countries, and the process is the same.

Accompaniment is always important because they are external eyes to help us improve our processes, she added.

Regarding her functions in Sunday’s process, she recalled that her constitutional mandate is the administration of electoral processes, and in that sense, they try to encourage citizen participation.

She also reiterated that after school closings, a preliminary report will be given on the same day, but the final one will reach a few days later.

We have two computer systems. The polling station operates for eight hours, and at six o’clock in the afternoon the first vote count begins, at 8:30 (local time) we intend to offer the preliminary results. Then we have a week to review the results and have the final ones, but from experience we do it in 48 or 72 hours, she remarked.

Choque declared that due to the country’s geographical conditions the preliminary data respond to approximately 80 percent of the votes, because the transmission of data by Internet in remote areas is difficult, and sometimes they are transferred personally by sea or land, which implies a logical delay in the count.

One million 715,880 people registered as members of the nine participating political groups, and each of them will choose its presidential formula for next October’s general elections.

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