Tue. Sep 17th, 2019

The electoral roll exceeds seven million for the elections in Bolivia



The electoral roll for the October elections in Bolivia exceeds seven million voters, which represents an increase of more than one million compared to the elections of five years ago.

The voter census presented this Wednesday in La Paz by the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Bolivia, María Eugenia Choque, at a press conference, reflects 7,315,364 Bolivians with the right to vote, in a country where suffrage is mandatory.

The census for the previous general elections in the country was 5,973,901 in 2012, with which the census grew in 1,341,463 for those of 2019.

The electoral body disqualified 32,852 Bolivians for the vote on October 20, in addition to debugging another 382,696 previously registered.

Those authorized to vote abroad are 341,001 on this occasion, especially in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, the United States and Spain.

The electoral body described as "natural" and "normal" the increase of voters both in the country and abroad, for the incorporation of voters due to population growth, reaching the age of majority, at age 18, and immigration to other countries.

Bolivia's population is about 11.5 million inhabitants, according to official data.

Nine candidatures attend these elections, those of the country's president, Evo Morales, who is running for re-election for a fourth term, and another eight from the opposition.

A survey published during this day reflects that Morales and the main opposition candidate, Carlos Mesa, would go to a second round, being the two most voted without any reaching the necessary percentage to be proclaimed on the first ballot.

The electoral law establishes that the candidate with at least 51% of votes or 40% and 10 points of difference with the second is proclaimed winner, but if these circumstances did not occur, there would be a second round between the two most voted.

The survey shows 31.1% of intention to vote for Evo Morales and 24.9 for Carlos Mesa.

The court's spokeswoman Lucy Cruz Villca warned that the dissemination of this survey by the University Television of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés de La Paz can be sanctioned, for breaching the electoral law regarding its financing and technical sheet.

Another member, Ildefonso Mamani, recalled on the other hand that the Public Prosecutor's Office is still investigating two cases of alleged carrying of voters, for possible irregular registration with the intention of conditioning the result in voting centers.

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