2020 Bolivian general election

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2020 Bolivian general election

← 2019 3 May 2020
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Nominee Luis Arce Catacora Carlos Mesa Jeanine Áñez
Party Movement for Socialism Civic Community Democrat Social Movement
Running mate David Choquehuanca Gustavo Pedraza Samuel Doria Medina

  Luis-Fernando-Camacho.png Jorge Quiroga-1.jpg Chi Hyun Ching (cropped).png
Nominee Luis Fernando Camacho Jorge Quiroga Ramírez Chi Hyun Chung
Party We Believe[a] Revolutionary Nationalist Movement The Front For Victory
Running mate Marco Pumari Tomasa Yarhui Leopoldo Chui

Nominee Feliciano Mamani
Party National Action Party of Bolivia
Running mate Ruth Nina

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Department Winner

Incumbent Interim President

Jeanine Añez

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Snap general elections will be held in Bolivia on 3 May 2020,[1] after the sequence of events that led to the installation of an interim government on 10 November 2019.


On 10 November 2019, after 19 days of civil protests following the disputed election results of October 2019 and the release of a report from the OAS, which alleged irregularities in the electoral process, trade unions, the military and the police of Bolivia suggested that president Evo Morales resign. After General Williams Kaliman made the military's request for Morales's resignation public, Morales complied, accompanied by other resignations by high-level politicians throughout the day, some citing fears for the safety of their families. The government of Mexico offered political asylum to Morales the following day, which Morales accepted a day afterwards.[2][3]

As Vice-President Alvaro Garcia Linera, President of the Senate Adriana Salvatierra and President of the Chamber of Deputies Víctor Borda, had already resigned, there existed no explicitly constitutionally-designated successors. Furthermore, the First Vice President of the Senate, Rubén Medinaceli, had also resigned.[4] This left Jeanine Añez, the Second Vice President of the Senate, as the highest-ranking official still in office and prompted her to announce that she would be willing to ascend to the presidency on an interim basis in order to call for new elections. Thus, on 12 November 2019 Añez took temporary charge of the Senate of Bolivia, thereby formally placing herself in the line of succession as acting President of the Senate, and on this basis proceeded to declare herself the Constitutional President of the country. Her accession to office was formally legitimized by a decision of the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal later the same day, which stated that she had lawfully assumed office ipso facto, in accordance with the precedent laid out by Constitutional Declaration 0003/01 of 31 July 2001.[5][6]

On 20 November, Evo Morales offered to not run as a presidential candidate if he was allowed to return to Bolivia and conclude his term.[7]

The same day, the interim government presented a bill that aimed to forge a path to new elections. The two chambers congress were expected to debate the bill which would annul the 20 October election and appoint a new electoral board within 15 days of its passage, paving the way for a new vote.[8] The bill, drafted jointly by Movement for Socialism (MAS) and anti-Morales legislators, was approved on 23 November; it also prohibited Morales from participating in the fresh election.[9] In exchange, Áñez's government agreed to withdraw the armed forces from all protest areas (although some servicemen were still permitted to stay at some state companies to "prevent vandalism"), revoke her decree which granted the army immunity from criminal prosecution, release arrested pro-Morales protesters, protect lawmakers and social leaders from attacks and provide compensation for the families of those killed during the crisis. She approved the bill shortly thereafter.[10]

On 5 December, the president of the interim government Jeanine Áñez stated that she would not be a candidate or support any candidate.[11] This was further reiterated on 15 January 2020 by Minister for the Presidency Yerko Núñez, who said that "[Áñez] will not be a candidate. The President has stated on several occasions, she will not be a candidate, this is a government of peace, transition, and management because you can not stop the state apparatus."[12]

However, despite her previous statements, Áñez announced her candidacy on 24 January 2020.[13] A survey reported in the Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos indicated that, while 43% of respondents considered her to have done a "good or very good" job as interim president (compared to 27% bad or very bad), only 24% of respondents believed that she should stand as a candidate in the upcoming elections. In the same poll, 63% of respondents agreed with the statement that "as interim president, Jeanine Áñez should call elections and not take advantage of her power to become a presidential candidate."[14]

Electoral system[edit]

The President of Bolivia is elected using a modified two-round system: a candidate is declared the winner if they receive more than 50% of the vote, or over 40% of the vote and are 10 percentage points ahead of their closest rival.[15] If neither condition is met, a run-off election is held between the two top candidates.[16]

Presidential candidates[edit]

As of 28 January 2020, ten candidates had officially stated their intention to run for the presidency:[17][18][19][20][21] [22][23][24][25][26] On 18 January 2020, the Unity Pact of MAS bases elected David Choquehuanca and Andrónico Rodríguez as presidential and vice-presidential candidates. On 20 January, Evo Morales announced that Luis Alberto Arce Catacora and David Choquehuanca would be the party's presidential and vice presidential candidates. This was following a vote by those members of MAS leadership present in Buenos Aires the previous day.[27] This difference caused some friction among different sections of the MAS bases, including the Barolina Sisa and Tupac Katari Federation who rejected these selections.[28][29] On 21 January, the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) supplied a third candidacy combination of Choquehuanca paired with Orlando Gutiérrez. MAS President of the Senate, Eva Copa, said the matter was not yet closed and would be decided by a further meeting of the Unity Pact.[30] On 23 January, the Unity Pact ratified the Arce-Choquehuanca ticket chosen in Buenos Aires.[31] On 24 January, a new right-wing political alliance called "We Believe" ("Creemos") was formed, and endorsed the Camacho-Pumari ticket.[32] By the registration deadline, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal announced that five policial coalitions had been registered.[33] However, on 31 January the TSE announced that the coalition "United People" had been disqualified after not submitting the required documents.[34]

Party Presidential candidate Vice presidential candidate
Movement for Socialism (MAS) Luis Alberto Arce Catacora David Choquehuanca
Civic Community[b] Carlos Mesa Gustavo Pedraza
Libre 21[c] Jorge Quiroga Ramírez Tomasa Yarhui
Juntos[d] Jeanine Áñez Samuel Doria Medina[35]
We Believe[e] Luis Fernando Camacho Marco Pumari
The Front For Victory[36] Chi Hyun Chung Leopoldo Chui
National Action Party of Bolivia Feliciano Mamani Ruth Nina

Opinion polls[edit]


Poll source Date(s)
Feliciano Mamani
Would not vote
Ciesmori February 2020 16.5% 31.6% 9.6% 1.6% 5.4% 17.1% 1.6% 0.5%[f] 7.5% 8.7%
United States Embassy January 2020 9% 37% 11% - 4% 9% - 3% 7% 20%
Mercados y Muestras SRL January 2020 12% 26% 17% - 6% 17% 3% 2%[g] 8% 9%
Ciesmori January 2020 15.6% 20.7%[h] 6.9% - 8.1% 13.8% 1.6% 10.9%[i] 10.2% 12.2%


Poll source Date(s)
MAS Candidate
Johnny Fernández
Would not vote
Mercados y Muestras SRL 24 December 2019 23%[j] 21% 13% 10% 9% - 2% - - - - - 14% 8%
Captura Consulting 5–15 December 2019 18.4%[k] 11.9% 12.8% - 8.5% 2.8% 1.8% 3.7% 2.1% 1.0% 7.5% 2.6% 5.1% 21.8%
12.0%[l] 13.7% - 8.0% 9.4% 3.7% 1.7% 4.8% 2.5% 2.3% 10.0% 3.5% 5.1% 23.3%
13.6%[m] 10.6% 11.1% 5.7% 8.4% 2.6% 2.7% 4.2% 2.2% - 7.3% 11.0%[n] 3.0% 17.6%
Mercados y Muestras SRL November 2019 16%[o] 14% 16% 16% 10% - - - - - - 8% 8% 12%

International reactions[edit]

Representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization of American States (OAS) arrived in Bolivia on 9 January 2020 to monitor the 3 May elections. The USAID had been expelled in 2013.[37]


  1. ^ Coalition consisting of ADN, PDC and UCS
  2. ^ Coalition consisting of FRI, JESUCA and Chuquisaca Para Todos
  3. ^ Coalition consisting of MNR and MPS
  4. ^ Coalition consisting of MDS and Sol.Bo
  5. ^ Coalition consisting of PDC and UCS
  6. ^ Schabib with 0.5%
  7. ^ Patzi with 1%, Doria Medina with 1%
  8. ^ Generic MAS candidate
  9. ^ Pumari with 8.2%, Doria Medina with 1.8%, others with 0.9%
  10. ^ Andrónico Rodríguez
  11. ^ Andrónico Rodríguez
  12. ^ David Choquehuanca
  13. ^ Luis Arce Catacora
  14. ^ Albarracín with 1.1%, others with 9.9%
  15. ^ Andrónico Rodríguez


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