Elections how to vote in Bolivia

Apr 17, 2018 Travels

Elections how to vote in Bolivia

Election of new authorities in the state – a privilege for some, a duty for others. We know what the rules are that day in our country, but you will be surprised to read what is forbidden in Bolivia and how the rulers decided to fight double voting.
1) On that day you have to give up your alcohol.
Selling alcohol in shops or bars is prohibited 24 hours before the election, but … In the last elections held in Bolivia in 2014 to ensure a high turnout, a special committee decided to ban the sale of alcohol 72 hours before the vote. This ban included sales in shops, bars, hotels, restaurants or any other public enterprises. What is more, alcohol consumption was also banned 48 hours before the vote – do you think that in the US this principle would be accepted?
2) Voting is mandatory
Every adult Bolivian citizen must cast their vote. Voting is obligatory for people under 70 years of age. In order to achieve the highest possible turnout, the system of penalties and fines for the lack of unjustified participation in the elections has been extended. The use of institutions such as the bank will also be made more difficult. After fulfilling the civic duty, every Bolivian receives a so-called voting certificate. For a period of three months after the vote, bank employees ask each customer about this certificate – if they do not present it, they cannot use their services.
In the fight against double voting
Although Bolivia is slowly introducing a biometric voting system, during the last elections it introduced a number of prohibitions which were supposed to make double voting by one person more difficult. Driving was completely banned, with the exception of doctors and taxi drivers who could apply for a special permit, which they had to put on the windscreen of the vehicle. The national flights were designed to prevent duplication of voice between two towns.
Before voting, you should also sign the list with your name and surname, enter your ID number and … immerse your right hand little finger in an ink container. The voter is then marked as “voted” and cannot vote again.
Electoral silence
Just as in our country, Bolivia also has the concept of electoral silence. It begins 72 hours before the elections and during that time it is forbidden to conduct any form of electoral campaign. If a party breaks the electoral silence, it will be fined accordingly.
5. if you meet friends, only up to five people
On that day, mass gatherings are also banned – a group of five people is already considered to be such a gathering.
Forget about these items
On election day it is forbidden to carry firearms, knives or objects that pose a threat. It is also forbidden to record in the form of a video recording or photographs of the voting process.
More police on the streets
There are more police patrols on the streets to ensure that special laws are observed.