Yesterday there was presidential election in Bolivia. Last night it was announced that the indigenous president, Evo Morales won with 61%. The international media writes that he won easily. However, I have talked to many Bolivians that claim that the elections are arranged.
Two weeks ago, an old man told me: “The elections are arranged, everyone knows that!”. Far over the majority of the people I have met in Bolivia claim the same. Following are the reasons why they argue that the elections are arranged:
- The indigenous living in the country side, are forced to vote on Evo Morales. If they do not vote on him, they will get a big mult or they will not be allowed to do agriculture on their land. Something they usually cannot afford. I met an indigenous man living in the countryside that confirmed that it is like this.
- There are long lists of dead people voting. Last night one Bolivian friend wrote on facebook: “How is it possible that my dad that died 4 years ago, is on the list for voting this election. And this on a place in the city where he never voted”. Several people responded saying that this also happened to their grandma or others of their dead family members.
- Evo Morales was not supposed to be elected again this year. In the Bolivian constitution, it is written that the same president can only be elected two times. Evo Morales have already been elected two times. He therefore changed the constitution, so that he will be able to sit with the power as long as he want.
- The years I have been in Bolivia, I have been witnessing in the media several strong opponent of Evo been prisoned. Or they had to escape the country due to that criminal record were planted on them. Or at least they claim so.
- Bolivians do not have the freedom to decide not to vote. If you do not vote you will be punished with that you cannot do any bank transactions for three months. Making it hard, as you will not be able to take out your salary or any money.
- The mother of a very good friend of mine supported the greatest opponent of Evo Morales, named Samuel Doria. On the wall outside their house, they allowed the party named Democratic Unity (UD), to paint their logo and slogan. However, three days later, the party of Evo Morales came to paint over the wall with their colors trying to hide the track of the opposite party.
- My husband worked receiving and counting the votes during the last election. He told me that they did not have time to count half of the votes before it was announced on the radio that Evo Morales had won the elections.
- Yesterday there were people that came to vote, and someone had already voted in their name, for them.
- The government went last year out saying that they have a program so they can see anyone that write about Evo Morales in the social media. If you say something negative, you will be punished.
Let us just hope that by writing this I will not be prisoned, or have to run the country. Actually I was thinking twice about writing this due to the lack of freedom of speech, I feel there is in Bolivia. However, I believe that this is something that is not well known outside Bolivia, and that someone should write about it!
That being said, I think personally that Evo Morales have done some great things for Bolivia. I also believe that there were no other parties or candidates that were strong or big enough to win over Evo. At least this time! As he have a lot of support from the indigenous population.
However, if he actually won with that much, can be questioned. As well can it be, if he did it in an honest way. I do not know. I just quote what many Bolivians have told me.