MAS wins with 52.4% of the votes, according to exit polls
The candidate’s Movement to Socialism (MAS) Luis Arce has won the first round of the general elections in Bolivia with 52.4% of the votes, according to results at the ballot box, while the Citizen Community (CC) of the former president Carlos Mesa it keeps 31.5% of the support.
The third most voted force has been Creemos, de Luis Fernando Camacho, with 14.1%, followed by Chi Hyun Chung of the Frente Para la Victoria (FPV), with 1.6%, according to the first data released by the company CiesMori for the television networks Unitel and Bolivisión.
About 7.3 million people were called this Sunday to go to the polls during an election day that has passed with total normality, as both Bolivian political actors and international institutions in charge of supervising the elections have agreed to point out.
Bolivia has been throughout Sunday night mired in uncertainty, after more than eight hours after the closing of the schools, the first official data were not released, nor the polls at the polls scheduled for election night.
The MAS candidate has come out to thank the Bolivian people, “who have shown once again that they are wise,” for the results of an electoral day “which has happily passed according to what we are used to, calm and peaceful.”
“Government of national unity”
«We have recovered democracy, we have recovered hope. We are going to govern for all Bolivians and we are going to build a government of national unity. Today has been for the people what is for the people, ”emphasized an Arce surrounded by party leaders and leaders and representatives of various union, peasant and indigenous organizations.
“We are regaining certainty to be able to develop all kinds of economic activities, for all Bolivian families who have been in uncertainty for eleven months,” said the MAS candidate, who has also thanked the international community for their work during the campaign electoral.
Hours before the publication of these first figures, the former president of Bolivia Evo Morales (2006-2019) proclaimed the victory of the MAS and insisted on expressing the “suspicions” that aroused the suspension of Direpre on Saturday night for technical reasons, after it had been thought by the TSE to replace the Transmission of Preliminary Electoral Results (TREP), in question after the last 2019 elections.
“Without a doubt, today is a historic day, Bolivians have given a lesson in democracy, the people have managed to resist a coup, a de facto government, two massacres, a pandemic, corruption, several postponements of the elections, Y the worst economic crisis in history“, has said.
The survey data show that CC has won in the departments of Chuquisaca, Beni and Tarija, while the MAS has done the same in La Paz, Cochabamba, Potosí, Oruro and Pando. For its part, Creemos has won in Santa Cruz.
If a second round is held and pending official results, it will be held on November 9.
Think of Bolivia
While waiting for the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to offer official figures within a couple of days, the interim president, Jeanine Áñez, has congratulated the MAS candidates and asked them to “govern with Bolivia and democracy in mind.”
«We still do not have an official count, but based on the data we have, Mr. Arce and Mr. Choquehuanca have won the election. I congratulate the winners and I ask you to govern with Bolivia and democracy in mind, “he wrote on his Twitter account.
That same social network has been used by the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, to applaud the triumph of Arce and his running mate, David Choquehuanca, and highlight how “the Bolivian people united and consciously defeated with votes the coup d’etat” perpetrated against “brother” Evo Morales.
“Great victory! Congratulations to President-elect Luis Arce, Vice President David Choquehuanca and our South Indian Chief, Evo Morales, “he wrote.