The opposition community association Ciudadana, led by former Bolivian president Carlos Mesa, announced today that it will not broadcast electoral propaganda for the 2019 primaries in Bolivia, considering them a useless expense that could be used for social purposes.
Mesa (2003-2005) released a letter sent to the electoral body of the country in which he communicates that this training will not use the free propaganda to which the parties are entitled nor will it do it on its own.
The letter is addressed to the president of the Supreme Electoral Court of Bolivia, María Eugenia Choque, and to the members of this body to communicate their resignation to the spaces provided by the State for free.
The Citizen Community argues that each party can only present a binomial of candidates for president, in his case Mesa, and vice president, for the January 27 primaries prior to the general elections in October of next year.
"The electoral results of the primary elections are already previously defined and determined before the voting, resulting in wasteful and unnecessary spending by the State," he adds.
The economic resources could be exploited "usefully in the acquisition of goods, realization of works or provision of services with positive social impact," says the document issued by Mesa, whom the polls place with one of the highest intentions to vote.
Another of the opposition parties that attend the primary, the Nationalist Revolutionary Movement (MNR), on Wednesday claimed the electoral body to allocate public hospitals, with priority for those who care for children with cancer, the amount planned for the vote, the consider it a useless expense.
The estimated cost for the primaries is close to 4 million dollars, according to the opposition and social movements, who consider them a strategy of the ruling party to endorse the candidacy for the re-election of the country's president, Evo Morales.
The electoral body authorized his candidacy based on a 2017 ruling of the Constitutional Court of Bolivia, which endorsed the right to indefinite re-election over the constitutional limitation of two consecutive terms and a referendum that in 2016 refused to eliminate that limit.
Morales, who governs since 2006 and is the president with more time in power in the history of Bolivia, was already authorized by the Constitutional for a third mandate to understand that the first did not count because the country was consolidated in 2009 from Republic to State Plurinational