the Electoral Tribunal will not release preliminary data

Given the climate of political polarization, it will not use the Preliminary Results Dissemination system (Direpre). – Photo: courtesy.

Ten hours before the start of the general elections in Bolivia, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal announced that Given the climate of political polarization, it will not use the Preliminary Results Dissemination system (Direpre) and it will only be sent to the official count.

“The Supreme Electoral Tribunal has decided to withdraw the Preliminary Results Dissemination system from the voting day, We do not want to generate uncertainty in a climate of high political polarization, susceptibility and mistrust“, affirmed the president of the TSE, Salvador Romero.

In this way, Romero pointed out, the results of the voting of this Sunday’s elections will be based “exclusively” on the official computer system that it will be transparent, safe and verifiable, he assured.

The TSE replaced in March of this year the Preliminary Electoral Results Transmission System (TREP), in which the polling station records were photographed and sent over the internet to prepare the provisional count, by the Direpre, which according to the critics slows down the process and can promote the dissemination of partial results that light the fuse of some reaction.

The Direpre also found criticism among some of the election observers, such as the representative of the European Union, María Teresa Mola Sainz.

“I think the previously used system (TREP) was better, where the photographs (of the table minutes) were sent directly, because we all know that when something leaves one place and reaches another in between, many things, “said Mola Sainz.

Also, the deputy of Parlasur, Oscar Laborde, had indicated in the last hours his objections to the data collection system for the provisional scrutiny.

We are concerned about how quickly some want to bring results. The Direpre is a tool, but the final scrutiny is the official“said the Argentine regional legislator.

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