Bolivia, in uncertainty | Editorials | Opinion

An important sector of the population views electoral contests with indifference; They do not pay attention to them until the day of the suffrage, when the legislation requires it.

However, in the context of the pandemic, when uncertainty and concern over the decisions of governments to face the public health crisis, unemployment and the alleged economic reactivation reign, it will be decisive for the countries that are about to go to the polls make the right choice of the candidate with the best profile to govern.

Bolivia is holding general elections today and since Friday there were long lines at the fuel stations to have reserves in case of riots, since the Movement Toward Socialism, of Evo Morales, seeks to retake the power that it held for almost fourteen years and that he lost last November in an election denounced for fraud.

More than seven million Bolivians are empowered to choose who will govern the next five-year period and renew the national Parliament, an important element to guarantee governance in a country that faces popular discontent and where indigenous people make up 41% of the population.

To win in the first round requires 40% of the votes and a difference of more than ten points with respect to the second place. On the last day allowed by the electoral authorities for the dissemination of polls, it was expected that former minister Luis Arce, of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), and former president Carlos Mesa, of the Citizen Community (CC) alliance, would pass to the second round. The third in the preferences would be the former civic leader Luis Fernando Camacho.

The complex economic and political situation that Bolivia is going through, which implies a fiscal deficit, unemployment and a negative balance of payments, requires achieving political stability. If it is not achieved, the impact will be reflected in low investment, increased unemployment and poverty. Today, voters risk their present and immediate future at the polls. (OR)

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