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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Dianne Revoir
Diane Piedmont
Milva Massolin
Nancie Vanture
Stefanie Reich
Susanna Winters
Sue Michalson
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ana Castro
Theresa Foster
Heldder Gutierrez
Herculano Fecteau
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Todd Ellis
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  • Dianne Revoir
    signed 2019-10-28 09:01:46 -0400
  • Diane Piedmont
    signed 2019-10-28 08:27:35 -0400
    Support, don’t undermine, the democratic election process in Bolivia.
  • Milva Massolin
    signed 2019-10-28 07:47:54 -0400
  • nvanture
    @riverdevata tweeted link to this page. 2019-10-28 01:26:55 -0400
    Hey @Almagro_OEA2015 — the @OAS_official statement on Bolivia's elections was misleading and dangerous. It's time to retract it! #NoCoupInBolivia https://www.codepink.org/bolivia?recruiter_id=729916
  • Nancie Vanture
    signed 2019-10-28 01:26:08 -0400
    Nancie Vanture
  • Stefanie Reich
    signed 2019-10-28 00:36:05 -0400
  • Susanna Winters
    signed 2019-10-27 23:43:07 -0400
    Susanna Winters
  • Sue Michalson
    signed 2019-10-27 22:54:01 -0400
  • Cindy Risvold
    signed 2019-10-27 21:25:42 -0400
  • Mary Ann Cramer
    signed 2019-10-27 21:18:54 -0400
    Mary Ann Cramer
  • Peter von Christierson
    signed 2019-10-27 21:00:51 -0400
    Get rid of sanctions; they should have never been official to start with. The are illegal. And, there iis no reason for them except for the US totake over central America.
  • Ana Maria Caricari
    signed 2019-10-27 20:57:57 -0400
    Todo apoio ao presidente da Bolívia Evo Morales eleito pelo seu povo.
  • Brigid O’Grady
    signed 2019-10-27 20:21:35 -0400
  • Susan Willard
    signed 2019-10-27 19:40:22 -0400
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  • Deirdre Aherne Aherne
    signed 2019-10-27 19:15:08 -0400
  • k c
    signed 2019-10-27 16:30:13 -0400
  • ana Castro
    @Videlinata89 tweeted link to this page. 2019-10-27 14:59:41 -0400
    Hey @Almagro_OEA2015 — the @OAS_official statement on Bolivia's elections was misleading and dangerous. It's time to retract it! #NoCoupInBolivia https://www.codepink.org/bolivia?recruiter_id=876486
  • ana Castro
    signed 2019-10-27 14:59:04 -0400
  • Theresa Foster
    signed 2019-10-27 14:47:45 -0400
    Resist U.S. imperialist tendencies in Bolivia and Venezuela! Stop the fascists in Latin America!
  • Heldder Gutierrez
    signed 2019-10-27 14:29:01 -0400
    It is prudent to do a proper evaluation of the electoral system and votes to restore confidence in the system. Immediately partaking in a second round does not solve the mistrust in the system garnered by the statements of both the OAS and Carlos Mesa et al.
  • Herculano Fecteau
    signed 2019-10-27 14:07:44 -0400
  • William Fensterer
    signed 2019-10-27 14:07:25 -0400
    William Fensterer
  • Laurel Cameron
    signed 2019-10-27 13:35:22 -0400
  • Nicholas Cote
    signed 2019-10-27 12:28:01 -0400
    Nicholas Cote ABOLISH CIA NSA FBI TERRORIST ORGS
  • Todd Ellis
    signed 2019-10-27 12:10:49 -0400
  • Victor Hernandez
    signed 2019-10-27 12:04:08 -0400
    I support the election of Evo Morales as President of Bolivia and wish the OAS to stop spreading mis-information.
  • João Batista de Almeida Costa
    signed 2019-10-27 09:33:38 -0400
  • patricia allwein
    signed 2019-10-27 09:12:22 -0400
  • Janet Toney
    signed 2019-10-27 08:34:59 -0400
    Please stop trying to overthrow democratically elected governments in latin america. I am well read on the history of the US involvement in election interference, orchestrating coups, and propping up dictators in latin america. This causes murder, starvation, unemployment, and mass numbers of refugees. Please allow these countries’ governments to decide their own futures, not the futures the US corporate world wants.
  • Len Yannielli
    signed 2019-10-27 06:41:51 -0400
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