Ahead of the Presidential polls in Bolivia, UN appeals for a peaceful conduct of the elections

Bolivia will hold snap general elections on October 18, 2020. Ahead of the elections, Top UN officials have called on all stakeholders in Bolivia to maintain calm and commit to peaceful conduct. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the country’s political and social actors, as well as State institutions, to commit to the holding of peaceful elections. He encourages all actors to respect the electoral process, in particular the final results of the vote. 

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged Bolivia’s authorities, political and other actors to refrain from any actions that could undermine the peaceful conduct of the general elections taking place on Sunday. 

In light of the political and human rights crises unleashed during the previous attempt to carry out these elections a year ago, Bachelet expressed hope that Sunday’s elections would take place in a calm, participatory and inclusive manner, in an environment that ensures respect for the human rights of all people in Bolivia.  

“I welcome the Bolivian people’s determination to participate in the elections. Everyone should be able to exercise the right to vote in peace, without intimidation or violence. These elections represent an opportunity to really move forward on social and economic fronts, and to defuse the extreme polarization that has been plaguing Bolivia over the past few years,” Bachelet said.  

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