Bolivian General Election 2019 Voting Live

Bolivian​ General Election 2019 Voting Live

Bolivian General Election Dates 2019

Bolivian General Election Date: 20 October 2019 

General elections are due to be held in Bolivia on 20 October 2019.


Bolivia elects on national level a head of state – the president – and a legislature. The president and the vice-president are elected for a five-year term by the people. The National Congress (Congreso Nacional) has two chambers. The Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados) has 130 members, elected for a five-year term using the Additional Member System, and in the case of seven indigenous seats by usos y costumbres. The Chamber of Senators (Cámara de Senadores) has 36 members: each of the country's nine departments returns four senators allocated proportionally.

Bolivia has a multi-party system, with numerous parties. During the first 23 years of renewed democracy beginning 1982, no one party succeeded in gaining power alone, and parties had to work with each other to form coalition governments. Since 2005, a single party has achieved a parliamentary majority.

Ahead of any national election a period of prohibition takes effect. This is with the intention of preventing inebriated nationals voting in error. Nationals are also forbidden from travelling around during the same period. This is to prevent voters from voting in more than one district. On polling day it is difficult to obtain a taxi or bus, due to the limitations placed upon travel and transport.

The Electoral system of Bolivia

Primary elections were held on 27 January 2019. Maria Eugenia Choque, President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), stated that international observers had worked with the TSE to monitor the primary election results. She also stated that they had been given an "information seminar" about all the logistics, legal and communication regarding the primary and had even visited polling stations to make assessments and recommendations. By the time the primary was held, however, only one candidate had been registered for each of the nine parties or alliances which will participate in the general elections. Morales received 36.54% of the total primary votes. Revolutionary Nationalist Movement candidate Virginio Lema was his closest challenger, receiving 7.10% of the total primary votes.

Bolivia Parties and leaders


Party Presidential candidate Vice Presidential candidate
Movement for Socialism (MAS) Evo Morales Álvaro García Linera
Civic Community Carlos Mesa Gustavo Pedraza
Democrat Social Movement Óscar Ortiz Antelo Rubén Costas
Solidarity Civic Unity Víctor Hugo Cárdenas Humberto Peinado
Christian Democratic Party Jaime Paz Zamora Paola Barriga
Revolutionary Nationalist Movement Virginio Lema Fernando Untoja Choque
Bolivia Alliance Says No Oscar Ortiz Edwin Rodriguez
The Front For Victory Israel Rodriquez Faustino Challapa
National Action Party of Bolivia Ruth Nina Leopoldo Chui
Third System Movement Felix Patzi Lucia Mendieta

Bolivia past election results 

Party Presidential candidate Votes % Seats
Chamber Senate
Seats +/– Seats +/–
Movement for Socialism Evo Morales 3,173,304 61.36 88 0 25 –1
Democrat Unity Samuel Doria Medina 1,253,288 24.23 32 9
Christian Democratic Party Jorge Quiroga 467,311 9.04 10 2
Movement without Fear Juan del Granado 140,285 2.71 0 –4 0
Green Party of Bolivia Fernando Vargas 137,240 2.65 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 316,248
Total 5,487,676 100 130 0 36 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,971,152 91.90