An excellent analysis and an unquestionable editorial follows:
Carlos Cordero Carraffa writes for El Deber:
Even though the most relevant news of the last few days was not the vote of Bolivians abroad, but the diplomatic crisis caused by the former CIA agent Edward Snowden, I prefer to discuss first the issue because this vote, the Bolivians residing abroad, will define who will be the next President of Bolivia. On the other hand, Snowden surely will end-up on a beach in the Caribbean and its trace will be lost in oblivion and those burning sands to hassle us, complacency of several Latin American countries and the relief of the European Union.
After several contradictory statements of the members of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), in which few repaired because of the maelstrom of events that distracted the public opinion of substantive political issues, we learned that seven are the countries selected for the first phase of the process of registration for Bolivian citizens abroad to vote. They’re Argentina, Brazil, Chile, USA, Spain, Italy and Great Britain, where there is the greatest amount of Bolivian population living outside the country. Three of them, directly or indirectly, linked to the case of Snowden.
In the elections of 2009, Bolivians living in Argentina, Brazil, Spain and the USA reached 169,096 people. According to official data, 125,101 citizens effectively cast their votes. The effective votes in favor of one or several presidential candidates reached 120,375 votes. The difference corresponds to white and null votes. According to preliminary data provided by spokespersons of the TSE, the number of Bolivians living in Argentina is 273,470; in Spain, 137,000; in United States, 133,000; in Brazil, 62,950; in Chile, 16,700; in Italy, 10,000, and in Great Britain, 6,000. Nothing more or nothing less than 639,120 potential voters abroad.
If you sign up through the efforts of the TSE and about 400,000 Bolivians do vote abroad, these votes would double the votes cast in the elections of 2009, in Chuquisaca, where there were issued 228,360 votes; in Oruro, voted 224,246; in Tarija, where there were 224,246 valid votes, and Beni, where 161,112 people voted. It would surpass in one hundred thousand votes cast in Potosi, where there were 311,345 citizens and it would be equivalent to 11 times the valid votes cast in Pando, where only 36,694 votes were issued. Voting abroad, in seven countries, therefore, will be a great business for the MAS, which reaped 75% of foreign votes in 2009.
An Editorial from El Dia:
Who do they harm with the fiasco of the Census?
That the Bolivian elite would turn their back to the appalling realities of the country is nothing new. That explains the large pockets of poverty, imbalances and lack of horizons for the human and material development of the country. But for the first time we have a regime that try to change the reality, adapt it to their ideology, ignore it and seek to reinvent another history, another Bolivia who one day will rebel by force before the imposture.
A sample of what is the census that took place in last November, in the midst of doubt and great suspicion founded on attempts to governmental operators by forging the results in order to look for any electoral and political revenue to the topic.
It’s been over seven months since the census was conducted and the National Institute of statistics has requested one more month to deliver the results. Experts wonder how it is that 20 years ago there were not so many delays, they did not happen when there were no technologies that are now available. The widespread suspicion of a fiasco cannot escape in this case.
In this country, where no one has managed to shape a productive decent matrix and sustainable, economy and politics are handled on the tightrope of an equation arising from control of revenues from the exploitation of natural resources. Seasonally is distributed by the right-wing and nowadays the delivery is made by the left, which now does so only lavishly with much excess for extravagance, walk’s ongoing campaign to seek the perpetuation in power, the only priority established by the Government, lacking any indication of strategic planning apparatus.
A cumin’s worth by the authorities if the results of the census are delayed a month, two or three months. Moreover, there is the suspicion that the objectivity of the data is unimportant, because the idea is precisely that obtained drawings approximate as best as possible to the takeover of power schemes, i.e., that they contribute in a decided way with the map of political affinities of the ruling.
And it is clear that the losers always will be the departments of the Bolivian East, whose situation of quasi-colony in relation to the andean-center has been accentuated in recent years. We are not talking about only topic seats or the distribution resources for partnership, something that tends to be of much concern the ambidextrous political, but the need for the country for fresh data to generate new policies based on the planning and design of development strategies.
Andean center-oriented people enjoy the idea to harm Santa Cruz, bureaucrats are wrong, because this region defines its future through private initiative and entrepreneurial spirit, that even though it is now low by the onslaught of statism, will be charged with vitality once given the minimum space. Those affected by everything they are doing with this bundle of bad decisions taken, improvisation and the statist waste who is at its greatest peak, are the same sectors, departments and portions of the country who were waiting eagerly for change to improve their living conditions.
Santa Cruz defines its future through private initiative and entrepreneurial spirit, that even though it is now low by the onslaught of statism, will be charged with vitality once given the minimum space.