SANTIAGO, CHILE – 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.
An almost 100-page report by the Group of American States (OAS) described a number of violations, together with the use of a hidden pc 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 court docket filled with loyalists gave him a inexperienced mild to run indefinitely.
“Given the overwhelming evidence we have found, we can confirm a series of malicious operations aimed at altering the will of the voters,” the OAS report stated.
OAS findings included “deliberate actions to manipulate the result of the election” that make it “impossible to validate” the official outcomes, the report stated.
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 “in the service of the North American empire.”
Bolivia’s Congress in late November handed laws to annul the contested elections and pave the way in which for a brand new vote with out Morales, a serious breakthrough in the political disaster.
Interim President Jeanine Anez, a former conservative lawmaker, has additionally pledged new elections.
Not less than 30 folks have died in clashes between protesters and safety forces because the Oct. 20 election. Most have died since Morales stepped down on Nov. 10.