October 17, 2009

Elections 2009

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The electoral process is advancing in Bolivia. It seems that Bolivians have gotten the hand of it and can carry out, in amazing speed, all kinds of elections. As you may know, on December 6 this year, Bolivians will, once again, go to the ballot boxes to cast votes on general elections to elect a new President, Vicepresident, Senators, and Deputies (Uninomial, Plurinominal and Indigenous Special Districts) for the now denominated: Plurinational Assembly.

The electoral court has just finished registering voters using a biometric system. There are, for this year, 4,997,172 registered voters. The distribution per department and country of immigration is the following:


La Paz 1.468.569
Santa Cruz 1.159.343
Cochabamba 874.833
Potosí 343.016
Oruro 256.576
Tarija 255.300
Chuquisaca 254.727
Beni 180.481
Pando 33.824


Argentina 90.431
España 50.523
Brasil 18.618
Estados Unidos 10.931

For more see source: HoyBolivia.

As you may imagine, the electoral agency is very happy about this result. However, the process is not over yet. There are two dates to take into account. The first one is October 17, which is the deadline for candidates have to present a series of documentation to be accredited as official candidates. These people, those who do not meet the requirements, will not be included in the official lists and will not be able to be replaced either. However, they may be replaced by other people who do have their documents in order and are able to present them, at least 72 hours before the elections. The second date to take into account is November 2. Until that day, the electoral court will review the voter registry and will exclude or purge any irregular voter. That is know as depuracion in Bolivia.

The second date will present problems after the elections. That is tradition in Bolivia. The first date is already presenting trouble. According to El Diario (image source), 250 candidates across the board resigned to their candidacies.

This is supposedly making trouble even for MAS. But, the smaller parties are the ones suffering the most. MUSPA finds itself in a deep crisis. GENTE, for its part is struggling to stay on the race. Roman Loayza, former MAS leader and founder, wants to run for president with this party.

This, however, should soon come to an end. Better said, today at 0 hours the deadline will fall and all candidates should be official.