Elections in Bolivia: the Electoral Tribunal suspended the rapid counting of votes

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It is because it would not give “enough certainty”. Evo Morales rejected the decision, which was supported by the Church and the OAS.

At the time of the elections in Bolivia, the electoral body announced the quick system suspension dissemination of preliminary voting results, arguing that it would not provide sufficient certainty in relation to official data.

“When there is no certainty that there will be a sufficient volume of information for the result to be very similar to that of the official results, it is preferable to dispense with the system for disseminating preliminary results,” explained the President of the Supreme Court Electoral, Salvador Romero, at a press conference.

In this way, the preliminary results of the elections will not be known as quickly on Sunday night, as the TSE had promised, and will go directly to the official count, slower.

“On Sunday night we are not going to have the official and final result. This is going to take us a few additional hours and it is important that citizens have patience because the result will be reliable, (although) a little slower,” he noted Rosemary.

He justified that “the country cannot risk having results that do not generate certainty” and that with the decision taken at the last minute, the public “will have a result without a hint of doubt”, something essential in such a polarized context.

Although the legal deadline for the dissemination of official data is five days, Romero said that the regional electoral courts were instructed to redouble their efforts to receive as many records as possible so as to have the largest possible volume of official data as soon as possible.

Citizens can directly follow the official count through the official website of the electoral body.

Romero indicated that the decision was communicated to the political parties and international observer missions that arrived in the country.

He explained that within the framework of transparency, the public counting of votes, the photographing of the voting records and the parties having access to copies of them will be allowed.

All this will allow the citizens and the parties to verify that the computer system has the same results of the voting tables, he stressed.

“Is highly concerning that @TSEBolivia decides to suspend the Preliminary Results Dissemination system (Direpre) at election time. This last minute decision raises doubts about their intentions, “commented former President Evo Morales on Twitter.

For its part, the party of candidate Carlos Mesa was more understanding: “We understand the reasons why this decision was made, opting for the reliability, certainty and security of the official results,” he said in a statement.

The Alianza Creemos, of candidate Luis Fernando Camacho, censured the decision considering that it “irremediably violates” the principle of transparency.

International observers supported the TSE. The OAS, the Carter Center and the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (Uniore) highlighted in a bulletin that the measure “favors certainty and seeks to avoid putting the correct dissemination of the results at risk.”

The Catholic Church, the European Union and the United Nations maintained that the TSE “guarantees the dissemination of results with certainty through the official computer system.”

The favorite candidates in the Bolivian elections are leftist Luis Arce, from the party of former president Evo Morales, and former centrist president Carlos Mesa.

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