“I congratulate the winners and ask them to govern thinking of Bolivia and democracy,” said the current president, who admitted the triumph of Luis Arce.
Jeanine Áñez, president of Bolivia, recognized in the early hours of this Monday the MAS victory in the first round in the presidential elections of that country. “I congratulate the winners and I ask them to govern thinking about Bolivia and democracy,” said the president after the first polls, which give the candidate of Evo Morales’ party, Luis Arce, the winner.
“We still do not have an official count, but from the data we have, Mr. Arce and Mr. Choquehuanca they have won the election. I congratulate the winners and ask them to govern thinking about Bolivia and democracy, “Áñez wrote on his Twitter account.
The president’s announcement comes minutes after the first official results and the first ballot boxes were released.
Due to delays, the Count of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal Bolivian is only at an early stage. With almost 6 percent of the votes counted, the Carlos Mesa Citizen Community alliance leads with 50 percent of the votes, followed by MAS with 33. Further back is the Creemos party, led by Luis Fernando Camacho.
However, early surveys show a completely different picture.
An exit from the pollster Ciesmori, the first to be released this Monday, indicates that Arce (of the MAS) will reap 51 percent of the votes, against 31 percent of Mesa (Citizen Community).
In this way, the MAS would comply with obtaining more than 50 percent of the votes and would prevail in the first round. In case of not reaching that number, the poll is also promising, since the second (Mesa) should be less than 10 points behind the leader (Arce).
Before the elections, the analysts pointed out as plausible a victory of the MAS in the first round, but with the possibility that a second instance would be accessed, in which the center-right Mesa would prevail.
The results of the Bolivian elections were delayed after the Supreme Electoral Tribunal suspended the quick counting of votes, as its conclusions would not have been reliable.
The announcement, made less than 24 hours after the opening of the voting in Bolivia, aroused criticism and suspicion from Morales and Arce. Even a few hours after the closing of the vote, the former president denounced that this maneuver sought to “hide” the MAS victory.
“It is very strange and worrying that, almost an hour from the time allowed for the publication of the data of the results at the exit, companies do not do it. Why the delay? What do you want to hide?” He wrote Morales on Twitter.