Bolivians Vote In Election Expected To Bring Upheaval
Muhammad Irfan 11 days ago Sun 18th October 2020 | 05:50 PM
Polls opened at 8:00 am (1200 GMT) in an election that will not feature former president Evo Morales for the first time in 20 years.
It comes a year after Morales won an unconstitutional fourth term in an election that sparked weeks of protests.
Morales, who resigned and fled into exile, is barred from taking part but his successor as leader of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) party, Luis Arce, has topped every poll since he was nominated in January.
Tensions have been running high with MAS warning of a pending "fraud" and threatening to protest should they not get their way, while misinformation has been circulating freely.
A later audit by the Organization of American States found clear evidence of fraud.
"Hopefully it will be calm because we don't want to go through what happened last year. It was terrible," said Renata Zapata, 24, in La Paz.
The protests did not end with Morales's exile as his supporters took to the streets in turn.