OAS: Retract Misleading Claims About Bolivian Elections!

President Evo Morales, who appears to have secured victory in his recent reelection campaign, has been the head of a left-wing, anti-imperialist government in Bolivia: the kind of government the United States has historically looked to undermine. It’s unsurprising, then, that the Organization of American States (OAS), which sits across the street from the White House and has long been considered an arm of the US neoliberal foreign policy machine, released a statement accusing President Morales of electoral interference. Sign our petition below, telling the OAS to retract its dangerous and incorrect statement!


To: Secretary General Luis Almagro, Organization of American States
 
Mr. Secretary General,

Given that the vote count in Bolivia is still ongoing, it is alarming that the Organization of American States (OAS) has already issued a statement calling the results into question and declared that a second round of voting is the “best option.” In this regard, we are writing to insist that the OAS respect the will of Bolivian voters, cease its interference in Bolivia’s democratic process, and publicly retract its statement on the Bolivian elections.
In an October 21 press release, the OAS falsely claimed that Bolivian electoral authorities in the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) “presented data with an inexplicable change in trend that drastically modifies the fate of the election and generates a loss of confidence in the electoral process.” If one were to read the press release without having detailed knowledge of Bolivia, one would think that the new data published by the TSE had flipped the results. What the new data showed was one candidate, incumbent President Evo Morales, widening his lead over his closest opposition rival, Carlos Mesa, by less than 2 percentage points.

That President Morales’ lead would have widened as the results of rural precincts started to arrive is no surprise to observers of Bolivian politics: Mr. Morales enjoys widespread support among campesinxs. As economist Mark Wesibrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research explained, there is nothing inexplicable going on: “This kind of change in voting results, due to later-reporting areas being politically or demographically different than earlier ones, is quite common in election returns — as anyone who has watched election returns come in on CNN in the United States knows. That is why it is wrong to draw conclusions from a change in the voting pattern without any statistical analysis or even looking closely at the data.”

The OAS followed this statement by holding an extraordinary session in which an OAS official said “the best option would be to convene a second round” of voting. We believe that the best option is to let Bolivian authorities continue to count the votes to see if a second round of voting is necessary. In fact, what the OAS is doing is the worst option: it is interfering in the domestic affairs of Bolivia by prematurely questioning the results of the vote and calling for another round of elections. Through blatantly interfering in this manner, the OAS appears to be aligning itself with opposition protesters in Bolivia, some of whom have engaged in violence and set an electoral center on fire. Even more troublesome are reports of military officials inciting the opposition to rebel using rhetoric that mirrors that of the OAS statement.

Mr. Secretary General, we appreciate that you have accepted President Evo Morales’ offer to have the OAS observe an audit of the elections. However, for a full, impartial, and accurate audit to be carried out, the attacks on electoral centers must stop; they cannot stop until your previous statement is retracted. We therefore ask the OAS to denounce the violence and any attempt at a coup and to retract its misleading previous statement.

Thank you,

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  • Penny & Robert Morris
    signed 2019-10-25 13:39:25 -0400
  • Patricia Youngson
    signed 2019-10-25 13:38:53 -0400
    Patricia Youngson
  • Sharon Bourke
    signed 2019-10-25 13:38:23 -0400
  • Jonathan Brinckman
    signed 2019-10-25 13:37:22 -0400
  • Ellen Boyle
    signed 2019-10-25 13:37:17 -0400
  • james mondragon
    signed 2019-10-25 13:34:22 -0400
    james mondragon
  • Nicole Gillespy
    signed 2019-10-25 13:33:52 -0400
  • Jeff Ball
    signed 2019-10-25 13:33:20 -0400
  • Gregory Cooper
    signed 2019-10-25 13:33:11 -0400
  • Jim Bracken
    signed 2019-10-25 13:31:57 -0400
  • Florence Morris
    signed 2019-10-25 13:31:22 -0400
  • Natalie Watson
    signed 2019-10-25 13:31:18 -0400
    It sounds like the corruption and misinformation campaigns coming from the White House are seeping out into the world and causing even more harm. I call on the OAS to reject them, and instead help Bolivians work together to achieve peace, stability, and freedom from violence.
  • Faith Franck
    signed 2019-10-25 13:31:10 -0400
  • Olof Hellen
    signed 2019-10-25 13:29:23 -0400
    Democracy may bring results that some people don’t like but it doesn’t deserve to be overturned by minorities with undemocratic goals. Blockades and economic warfare hurts people with few sources of food and medicine. The fact that regimes look bad is often the result of those efforts to kill a regime and doesn’t prove failure by existing governance. It just proves that other forces have more power than the poorer people in the country.
  • Dean Borgeson
    signed 2019-10-25 13:27:37 -0400
  • Roberto Cocci
    signed 2019-10-25 13:27:35 -0400
  • Michael Krewson
    signed 2019-10-25 13:27:29 -0400
  • Gary A Beck Beck
    signed 2019-10-25 13:27:19 -0400
  • Phil Panton
    signed 2019-10-25 13:26:08 -0400
    Phil Panton
  • Catherine O'Kelly
    signed 2019-10-25 13:26:03 -0400
  • Anne Silber
    signed 2019-10-25 13:24:13 -0400
  • Allan Richardson
    signed 2019-10-25 13:23:09 -0400
    This is a pattern that has continued for many years under both US parties, but the GOP has been more aggressive in US interference in Latin American government. Pinochet in Chile is a well known example. With Xenophobe-in-Chief Trump, it has gotten even worse. Leave Bolivia alone and respect the will of the Bolivian people!
  • Elaine and Jeremiah Johnson Johnson
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    signed 2019-10-25 13:14:11 -0400
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