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UN concerned over split over new date for elections in Bolivia

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UN concerned over split over new date for elections in Bolivia

The United Nations expressed concern on Thursday about the divisions over when elections will be held in Bolivia, postponed due to the pandemic, and the possibility that they will take place in a short time and without measures to protect the covid-19.

According to a UN source, who gave statements to journalists on condition of anonymity, cited by the Efe agency, the case of Bolivia is an example of the impact that the pandemic is having on electoral processes around the world.

Of all of them, Bolivia is the "most worrying" case for the United Nations, mainly due to the lack of consensus between the different political forces.

The international organization said that one of the concerns is the risk that the interim government in the South American country will extend over time.

The elections, which were scheduled for May 3, were postponed due to the new coronavirus, and the country is now waiting for a vote date, with a 90-day deadline set by parliament, but which goes against the wishes of the interim government.

The parliament, which has a majority of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) led by Evo Morales (former president of the country), has enacted a law that gives three months for suffrage to take place.

The deputies assigned to the interim Government, by Jeanine Añez, presented resources to stop this law, because the executive believes that the electoral process should not be accelerated in the middle of a health crisis.

The UN is concerned because it sees little desire to establish measures to mitigate the risk of contagion during voting, such as allowing people to vote for two days and with previously selected times, the source added.

On the other hand, the concern is also related to the risk of prolonging the current situation and calling elections at a time when it can benefit one of the parties.

When the elections were postponed, the MAS candidacy, headed by former minister Luís Arce, ranked first in voting intentions.

MAS and Evo Morales, who has acted as the party's campaign chief since Argentina, accuse the interim president of trying to remain in power, which she took over in November last year with the intention of calling elections as soon as possible. fast as possible.

Bolivia will elect the president, vice president, deputies and senators, after the October elections were canceled, in which Evo Morales was declared the winner, but with accusations of fraud and accusations by international organizations about irregularities in the elections.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330,000 deaths and infected more than five million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 1.8 million patients were considered cured.

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