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Dispatch From Bolivia: The Carter Center Blogs From the 2009 Presidential and Legislative Elections


Join the Carter Center's Deborah Hakes, assistant director of public information, on the ground in Bolivia, as she blogs daily through Dec. 7 about the presidential and legislative elections, their importance for the Latin American country, and the Carter Center's role in the process. She joins the Carter Center election observation delegation led by Americas Program Director Jennifer McCoy.

Day Six: Dec. 7, 2009
Final dispatch video: Carter Center Bolivia Field Office Director Nicolás Fernández Bravo talks about the Center's findings on election day and the challenges ahead for Bolivia. View English version >

Election Day: Dec. 6, 2009
Carter Center observers are traveling to polling stations throughout their assigned regions today to monitor voting, concentrating on the implementation of the biometric registry. They are asking voters if they have greater confidence in the new system and observing if there are any problems, such as people having registered but not being on the list, among other concerns. Read the full blog >

Day Four: Dec. 5, 2009
Today in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Carter Center observers Daniel Barnes and Angela Lederach plotted their route for election day. They consulted maps from the Departmental Electoral Court that list each polling station in the area and later in the day, visited several of them to check electoral preparations. Read the full blog >

Day Three: Dec. 4, 2009
Carter Center observers Daniel Barnes and Angela Lederach deployed this morning to Cochabamba, a city that has grown immensely in recent years as people have immigrated from rural areas to find employment. Barnes and Lederach will stay in Cochabamba through Tuesday to observe the functioning of the new biometric voters list and assess the general atmosphere during election day, and then travel to La Paz to debrief with the Carter Center's entire delegation. Read the full blog >

Day Two: Dec. 3, 2009
In La Paz, Bolivia, colorful election graffiti and signs may be found on most available spaces along the winding road that leads upward to the city of El Alto. President Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, enjoys overwhelming popularity in La Paz. He is running for a second term in office, courtesy of an article in the country's new constitution approved by referendum in January that allows him to seek re-election. Read the full blog >

View video and photos from Evo Morales' rally in El Alto, on the last day of campaigning before Sunday's elections >

Day One: Dec. 2, 2009
Carter Center observers are gathering in La Paz, Bolivia, to be briefed ahead of their deployment to observe Sunday's presidential and legislative elections. Election results will determine who will implement and enforce the new constitution, approved by referendum in January 2009. Read the full blog >