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Bolivian National Electoral Court: FAQ - General Election 2005 (in Spanish)
When will the General Election be held?

On Sunday 18 December 2005.

What will be elected?

President, Vicepresident, Senators and Representatives.

How will the President and Vicepresident be elected?

The President and Vicepresident will be elected by universal, direct and secret ballot. If no candidate attains an absolute majority of the votes, that is, 50% plus one vote, the National Congress will choose the President and Vicepresident among the two highest vote-getters.

How many Senators will be elected, and how?

Three senators will be elected from each Department by simple majority. Two senators will correspond to the winning formula [sic] in the Department, and one to the runner-up formula.

How many representatives will be elected, and how?

130 representatives will be elected by universal, direct and secret ballot. 68 will be elected in single-seat districts by first-past-the-post, and 62 in multi-seat districts by the representative [sic] system.

How long are the terms of office?

President, Vicepresident, Senators and Representatives will be elected for a period of 5 years.

When will a new president take office?

The nee Constitutional President of the Republic will take office on 22 January 2006.

When can new voters register?

Inscription in the Electoral Register for the 2005 General Election will be open on Monday 15 August and will close on Monday 5 September. The following must be registered: those turning 18 until September 4, inclusive; people who did not vote for any reason in the 2004 Municipal Elections, as they will have been removed from the Register; and people who have changed their residence.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 21st, 2005 at 07:41:14 PM EST
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Ah, many thanks, but now I have to ask you to find where the party list votes ("Diputados Plurinominales") are truly displayed... When I click "Resultados nacionales", there is only one set of numbers - which must be the vote for President. When I click "Resultados departamentales", there is again only one set of numbers, and from the one department where the final result has been called (Cochabamba), it is clear these are the votes for Senators.

Now, the results for those representatives that I could find:

Senators (in "Resultados departamentales"): here is an incredible number of empty votes (25.2%).  in five departments there is a MAS landslide, but in the four others PODEMOS won similarly, in two of these MAS was only third - so I'd predict 13-12 or vice vera for PODEMOS and MAS, and 1-1 for two others (one left one right) - razor-thin decision of majority.

FPTP-elected MPs: this is kind of a mystery, for there are 70, not 68 election districts in the nine departments - I counted 42 for MAS, 2 for centre-left MNR, 24 for right-wing PODEMOS and 1 for also right-wing UN, and one without information (Chuquisaca-6).

But any way I look at it, with the proportional votes added in, MAS must have something like 75 MPs out of 130.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Dec 22nd, 2005 at 06:47:57 AM EST
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Chuquisaca-6 went for PODEMOS, so from left to right, it's now 42:2:25:1 direct mandates.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 22nd, 2005 at 11:24:09 AM EST
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