After midnight on Sunday, Bolivian authorities allowed the results of the exit polls to be known. The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate Luis Arce obtained 52.4 percent of the votes, the Citizen Community (CC) candidate Carlos Mesa got 31.5 percent, and the "We Believe Alliance" candidate Luis Fernando Camacho reached 14.1 percent of the votes.
The Long Wait for Official Results Disconcerts Bolivia
Bolivia's president-elect Arce thanked the people for their support and for their peaceful participation in the electoral process.
“We have recovered democracy and hope. We ratify our commitment to work with social organizations. We are going to build a national unity government."
Previously, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) spokesperson Sebastian Mitchell made an official statement regarding the absence of definitive data on the elections. He said that mainstream media and exit-polls companies know that Socialist candidate Arce had already exceeded 45 percent of the votes.
"Election observers do not understand if the absence of information results from inefficiency or if the government is implementing a strategy to win two or three days, generate violence, and justify a military intervention," Mitchell said.
The Bolivian Socialists' message was categorical and clear: "we call on the community to avoid provocations... let's end this nightmare we have been living for a year."
A few minutes before the official information was issued, former President Evo Morales, who remains a political asylee in Argentina, recalled that millions of Bolivians cast their vote peacefully and demanded that the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez respect the results.
“Yesterday we denounced that the authorities suspended the presentation of the results of the exit poll companies. That was suspicious," the Socialist leader said
"Everything indicates that the MAS has won the elections and won a majority of seats in both chambers," Evo added.