Bolivians decide constitutional referendum

Polling stations closed on Sunday at 4 p.m. local time, after staying open for the required eight hours and the results have started to be counted.

The referendum went ahead as planned, with a few reports of isolated incidents such as polling stations opening late and material being burned, according to the Supreme Electoral Tribune (TSE).

Over six million and a half Bolivians voted “yes” or “no” on Sunday to a constitutional reform that would allow President Evo Morales, and his vice president Alvaro Garcia, to stand for re-election in the 2019 elections.

At least 100 observers from international organizations are in Bolivia to follow the referendum. Missions from the Organization of the American States (OAS), the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (Uniore) and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), are all included among the number.

The National Police announced that 348 people had been arrested in the last 48 hours and also 343 vehicles had been detained for violating the Order of Good Governance issued to guarantee the day ran smoothly.

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