The Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) reminded that the files and results of the 2019 elections cannot be changed as they are protected by the exclusion principle in force in the electoral regulations, but that the election documents are in digital form and any citizen can review them.
Oscar Hassenteufel, President of the TSE, in this way responded to prosecutor Wilfredo Chávez, who announced the review of the 35,000 records of the 2019 elections to prove that there was no fraud and disqualified the organization’s election review report on American states (OAS) who discovered malicious irregularities in these elections.
Opposition politicians and analysts defended the legality, validity and binding nature of the electoral integrity check of the OAS report because it was the result of an agreement between the state and the international organization and had complied with all necessary protocols. They disqualified Chavez’s announcement as “absurd” and “political” that it only aimed to cover up electoral fraud and to wash the image of former President Evo Morales.
As a result of the OAS review, the 2019 elections were canceled and a new TSE called further elections for 2020.
In recent weeks, the government has failed in its attempts to disqualify the OAS report internationally, first with the University of Salamanca investigation into which it closed the prosecutor’s election fraud case, and later admitted by its own authors that it was incomplete. And secondly with the interpellation of the Secretary General of the OAS Luis Almagro, whom he accused of interfering with the report. It only had the support of three out of 16 countries participating in the permanent council of the international organization, and the rest put their trust in Almagro.
Hassenteufel reiterated that the minutes of the 2019 elections are a public document that can be viewed by everyone, and assured that the TSE does not need to know the reasons for the review announced by the government.
“Legally, the minutes may no longer be kept, because after an election process, the calculation remains. It was decided to keep the document so that any researcher or interested person can see it, ”said Hassenteufel.
Former President and Leader of the Citizen Community (CC) Alliance, Carlos Mesa, reiterated on his Twitter account that “obsequious officials” and “improvised pseudo-reports” cannot hide the “electoral fraud” in the canceled 2019 elections. because the studies of the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union (EU), Ethical Hacking Consultants and the engineer Edgar Villegas are conclusive ”.
For his part, the attorney general pointed out that the government “had not been examined” because the OAS mission had failed to respect the terms of the agreement signed between Secretary General Luis Almagro and former Foreign Minister Diego Pary.
However, the OAS audit report reveals that five sets of irregularities were found in the electoral process, affecting not only the minutes but also the system for submitting the preliminary election results and the final count, and concludes that both were flawed.
And about the minutes, the OAS says: “There were irregularities and falsifications when filling out the election papers.
The majority of the member countries and international organizations fully support the OAS audit.
The OAS has been conducting audits for 50 years
In the minutes that the Secretariat’s Commission on Democracy Strengthening of the Organization of American States (OAS) reviewed, a high percentage of irregularities of all kinds were found, from minutes drawn up before the elections to individuals holding multiple Signed protocols at the same time.
According to the former Bolivian ambassador to the OAS, Jaime Aparicio, this entire irregular process has been documented by the OAS, so there is no way to re-examine it.
“Election experts were responsible for the verification, computer scientists, graphologists and a whole team of experts have already carried out this type of work in other places. The OAS has been working on it for 50 years and knows exactly when an election resulted in malicious manipulation or simple irregularities that did not cancel an election, ”said Aparicio.
According to the former diplomat, the OAS has extensive experience in the field of electoral exams.
“For there to be a situation like Bolivia, there really has to be an enormous amount of malicious manipulation, both on the server side and in the custody chain.”
Aparicio also recalled that Evo Morales’ government wanted to prevent the publication of this report because of the confession of the former president himself.
MAS promised to stick to the results
The audit, carried out by the Organization of American States, was carried out at the request of the government of Evo Morales. The condition set by the international organization was that the conclusions of this investigation be legally binding.
The OAS conducted the audit with the best experts in the region and Bolivia promised to adhere to the results, that is, to follow or carry out the conclusions. Those were very clear rules of the game.
As a sign of the good will of the state to comply with this test, an international agreement was signed with the signature of the then State Chancellor Diego Pary.