Bo­livia tri­bunal rec­om­mends de­lay­ing elec­tions

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CORONAVIRU­S OUTBREAK -

Bo­livia’s Supreme Elec­toral Tri­bunal on Satur­day rec­om­mended that elec­tions sched­uled for May 3 be de­layed as the gov­ern­ment im­poses re­stric­tions in an at­tempt to curb spread of the coron­avirus.

The tri­bunal an­nounced a 14-day sus­pen­sion of prepa­ra­tions for the elec­tions, co­in­cid­ing with a lock­down or­dered by in­terim Pres­i­dent Jeanine Áñez that in­cludes a stay-ath­ome or­der, do­mes­tic travel lim­its and a halt to in­ter­na­tional flights.

Bo­livia has con­firmed 19 cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Bo­livia’s congress would have to en­act leg­is­la­tion to se­lect a new date for the elec­tions, ac­cord­ing to tri­bunal pres­i­dent Sal­vador Romero.

Last month, the tri­bunal re­jected the can­di­dacy of former Pres­i­dent Evo Mo­rales for a Se­nate seat be­cause he does not re­side in Bo­livia.

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