Thursday, December 03, 2009

In The Final Days of the Campaign

(digitalwarriormedia) LA PAZ - With just three days remaining before Bolivia's national election, a reversal by the National Electoral Court (CNE) on Monday has ensured that hundreds of thousands of citizens will be able to vote this coming Sunday.

A previous ruling was set to keep 400,671 Bolivians from voting unless they presented birth certificates to the Civil Registry by today, but Monday's decision automatically re-instated 236,864 voters.

Yesterday during a press conference at the Governmental Palace, President Evo Morales expressed his satisfaction with the CNE’s decision, stating that it was in the interest of democracy.

When asked about allegations from the opposition about the potential for voter fraud, Morales dismissed these claims. “This is an attitude of pessimism and non participation,” said Morales.

He expressed his optimism for Sunday’s vote, saying he expects his Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party to win between 24 and 27 senators in the Plurinational Legislative Assembly.

Last night Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera closed the MAS campaign in the city of Santa Cruz - one of the strongholds of anti-Morales sentiment.

Tens of thousands filled the Parque Urbano to support Morales in a city where violent attacks against MAS supporters have prevented Morales from traveling to this city in the past.

Tonight,MAS will close its campaign in the city of El Alto in the Department of La Paz. It is a fast-growing city on the Altiplano above the capital city of La Paz.

Los Alteños are ardent supporters of Morales. The city is filled with Bolivians - many campesinos -who have migrated from other parts of the country in search of work and opportunity.

Morales is expected to take more than 70% of the vote in the La Paz department on Sunday. Polls continue to show Morales gaining at least 60 percent of the vote.

More than 5.1 million people are registered to vote, the highest number in Bolivian history. Sunday’s elections will determine Bolivia’s president, vice president and representatives in the Plurinational Legislative Assembly.



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