MarketDeal24.Com – A rerun of Bolivia’s election has been fixed for Sunday May 3, the chief of the country’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (SET) announced on Friday.
Salvador Romero, the president of SET said both presidential and parliamentary polls would be held on the same day.
“When we announce the electoral calendar over the next few days, together with the formal call for the election, all the deadlines that both political organizations and citizens must meet will be declared,” he told reporters in La Paz.
The vote will be held almost seven months after the results of elections that awarded a fourth consecutive presidential term to Bolivia’s ex-leader Evo Morales but were then discredited.
An international audit of last October’s election found major irregularities, prompting Morales’ stepping down and clashes between protesters and security forces that resulted in more than 30 deaths.
Morales, who had been in power for nearly 14 years, stood down following the election dispute and fled to Mexico, and later Argentina. He later claimed that he had been ousted in a coup.
In an interview last week, he ruled out standing as a candidate for his Movement for Socialism (MAS) alliance in the next election, but said that he would return to Bolivia by next Christmas.
He has identified Luis Arce Catacora, his former economy minister, and Andronico Rodriguez, a coca farmer union boss, as possible MAS presidential candidates.
Bolivian prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Morales on charges of sedition, terrorism and terrorist financing. The allegations have been backed by the government of interim President Jeanine Anez, a former senator and political opponent of Morales.