Elections in Bolivia: a calm vote and the call of Evo Morales to “not fall for provocations”

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The former Bolivian president celebrated the “peaceful spirit” with which the elections are taking place and asked to wait with “tranquility” for the recount of each of the votes.

The elections to elect the new president of Bolivia pass calmly this Sunday with high voter turnout, including the three main candidates, who after casting their vote showed their satisfaction that the day had not had significant incidents.

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales celebrated the “peaceful spirit” with which the presidential elections are taking place and asked to wait with “tranquility” for the counting of each of the votes.

“I salute the democratic and peaceful spirit with which the vote is taking place,” Morales said in a brief appearance before the press, in which he limited himself to reading a statement.

The former president, campaign manager for his party, the Movement for Socialism (MAS), said that from Argentina, where he has resided since last December, he has accompanied his “people for the commitment to the homeland”, with democracy and with the future of Bolivia.

“Given so much rumor about what I will do, I want to tell you that the priority is exclusively the recovery of democracy,” Morales said in his contact with the press, in the computer center set up by the MAS in Buenos Aires.

The former president, who did not answer questions from the press, asked MAS voters not to fall “in any kind of provocation”.

In general, the aspiring president and vice president and some partisan spokespersons complained that in the hours before the election, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced that given the climate of political polarization it will not use the Preliminary Results Dissemination system (Direpre) and It will only be referred to the official count, but the now opposition Movement To Socialism (MAS), which proposes Luis Arce for president, said its own immediate counting system will remain active.

“We’re seeing a good electoral process, peaceful and that it has been developed with the normal incidents of an electoral process, learning what it is to organize elections in a pandemic, “the chief observer for the Organization of American States (OAS), Francisco Guerrero, told reporters. of Sputnik news.

Also, the Minister of Government, Arturo Murillo, reported that until noon it was “a totally quiet election day”, after casting his vote in Cochabamba (downtown).

The official mentioned some irregularities recorded as the arrest of people for stealing electoral bags or falsifying vehicle traffic permits.

The president of the TSE, Salvador Romero, also made a positive balance in the middle of the day, especially due to the discipline of the citizens who waited patiently before the voting tables, complying with health and social distancing regulations.

“Beyond these ranks, it was foreseeable that they could be formed by the needs to respond to the challenges of the coronavirus, this half day has passed in peace, in tranquility, in calm and this is something that we must highlight “, declared the electoral chief at a press conference.

The main cities of Bolivia woke up on Sunday under strict police and military control ordered to guarantee the normal development of the process, according to the de facto president, Jeanine Áñez.

The president affirmed at midmorning that the massive mobilization of police and military on election day it only had the purpose of guaranteeing peace and security, with full political independence.

“We are going to have transparent, free and pressure-free elections. The Armed Forces and the Police are going to be in the streets in favor of the Bolivian people, unlike other times; they are not in favor of any candidate,” said the de facto ruler to the press after attending the official opening of the vote.

After noon the three main candidates had already voted.

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