2015 Bolivian regional elections

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The 2015 Bolivian regional elections were held on 29 March 2015. Departmental and municipal authorities were elected by an electorate of approximately 6 million people. Among the officials elected were:

  • Governors of all nine departments
  • Members of Departamental Legislative Assemblies in each department; 23 seats in these Assemblies will represent indigenous communities, and have been selected by traditional usos y costumbres in the weeks prior to the election
  • Mayors and Council members in all 339 municipalities[1]
  • Provincial Subgovernors and Municipal Corregidors (executive authorities) in Beni
  • Sectional Development Executives at the provincial level in Tarija
  • The nine members of the Regional Assembly in the autonomous region of Gran Chaco[2]

Altogether, 2,642 officials were elected.[3] Almost every elected office, but not Mayor, included a simultaneously elected alternate of the same party.

Political parties participating[edit]

Only the Movement towards Socialism was involved in all 339 municipal contests.[4] Other parties participating in large numbers of contests are as follows:

Party Number of Municipalities Mayors elected[5] Significant Cities Won
Movement towards Socialism 339 225 Two departmental capitals: Sucre, Potosí.
Democrats 23 Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Cochabamba, its other 21 municipalities are in Santa Cruz Department.
Movement for Sovereignty 14 All in La Paz Department
Revolutionary Nationalist Movement 11 9 in Beni, and 4 in Santa Cruz
Autonomous Nationalities for Change and Empowerment (NACER) 3
National Unity Front (UN) 2 El Alto
Pando United and Dignified 2 Cobija
UNIR 2 Tarija

Results[edit]

Winning party in departmental governors' elections

Bolivia's ruling MAS party suffered some defeats and setbacks in the subnational elections compared to its performance in 2010 and its victory in the 2014 presidential election.[6]

Governors[edit]

Party Votes % Candidates Elected
Movement for Socialism MAS-IPSP 1 909 314 41,79 % 9 6
Social Democrat Movement DEMOCRATAS 940 286 20,58 % 4 1
Sovereignty and Freedom SOL-BO 673 244 14,73 % 1 1
National Unity Front UN 182 404 3,99 % 4 0
Revolutionary Nationalist Movement MNR 108 544 2,37 % 5 0
Autonomist Departmental Unity UD-A 105 391 2,31 % 1 1
Front for Victory FPV 101 871 2,23 % 6 0
We Are All Chuquisaca CST 101 257 2,22 % 1 0
United for Cochabamba UNICO 76 907 1,68 % 1 0
Movement for Sovereignty MPS 63 941 1,40 % 1 0
People's Originary Movement of Potosí POTOSI-MOP 53 287 1,17 % 1 0
Autonomous Nationalities for Change and Empowerment NACER 49 214 1,08 % 1 0
New Citizen Power NPC 47 220 1,03 % 1 0
Tarija For All TPT 31 310 0,68 % 1 0
Popular Participation PP 28 700 0,63 % 1 0
Solidarity Civic Unity UCS 20 042 0,44 % 1 0
Patriotic Social Alliance ASP 18 513 0,41 % 1 0
Strength and Hope FE 17 082 0,37 % 1 0
Pando United and Dignified PUD 13 042 0,28 % 1 0
Up with Chuquisaca ACH 11 427 0,25 % 1 0
Revolutionary Left Front FRI 9070 0,20 % 1 0
Integrity, Security, and Autonomy ISA 5768 0,13 % 1 0
Amazon Social Power PASO 1142 0,02 % 1 0
Valid votes 4 568 976 88,08 % 32 9
Blank votes 356 048 6,86 %
Null votes 261 942 5,05 %
Total ballots cast 5 186 966 100,00 %
Source: Tribunal Supremo Electoral, Resultados Elecciones Subnacionales 2015

The governors of Beni and Tarija were elected in a May 3 runoff election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bolivia elige hoy 4.975 nuevas autoridades subnacionales". La Razón. 2015-03-29. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  2. ^ Cardozo G., Jesús (2010-03-29). "Los números y datos de las elecciones subnacionales". El País. Tarija, Bolivia. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  3. ^ Órgano Electoral Plurinacional (2016). Informe de labores, rendición de cuentas: Gestión 2015 y desafios para la gestión 2016.
  4. ^ "Elecciones en Bolivia Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine," Bolivia Prensa, 3 April 2010.
  5. ^ "MAS gana en 225 de los 339 municipios del país". El Deber. Santa Cruz, Bolivia. 2016-04-05. Retrieved 2016-03-13.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "A Vote for Local Democracy in Bolivia's Regional Elections". NACLA. Retrieved 12 July 2015.