Bolivia election rigging in favor of Morales was ‘overwhelming’: OAS ultimate report


FILE PHOTO: Former Bolivian President Evo Morales gestures throughout an interview with Information, in Mexico Metropolis, Mexico November 15, 2019. Information/Edgard Garrido

SANTIAGO (Information) – An Americas regional discussion board on Wednesday revealed particulars of “deliberate” and “malicious” steps to rig Bolivia’s October election in favor of then President Evo Morales, who has resigned and left the Andean nation in political disaster.

A virtually 100 web page report by the Group of American States (OAS) described a number of violations, together with using a hidden laptop server designed to tilt the vote towards Morales.

A charismatic leftist and Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Morales stood for president regardless of a 2016 referendum that voted down a proposal to permit him to run for a fourth consecutive time period. A courtroom full of loyalists gave him a inexperienced gentle to run indefinitely.

“Given the overwhelming proof we’ve discovered, we will verify a sequence of malicious operations aimed toward altering the need of the voters,” the OAS report mentioned.

OAS findings included “deliberate actions to govern the results of the election” that make it “unattainable to validate” the official outcomes, the report mentioned.

Morales fled to Mexico shortly after the OAS’ preliminary report in early November. He described the allegations of vote rigging as a political hit, saying the OAS was “within the service of the North American empire.”

Bolivia’s Congress in late November handed laws to annul the contested elections and pave the best way for a brand new vote with out Morales, a serious breakthrough within the political disaster.

Interim President Jeanine Anez, a former conservative lawmaker, has additionally pledged new elections.

At the very least 30 individuals have died in clashes between protesters and safety forces because the Oct. 20 election. Most have died since Morales stepped down on Nov. 10.

Reporting by Dave Sherwood; modifying by Grant McCool