Judicial Elections in Bolivia: A Second Attempt

Luis Pásara

Senior Fellow, DPLF

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voting or polling election. people cast their vote insert paper their choice into the box. concept of participation togetherness on decision making

No other country in the world chooses the most senior members of its justice system by popular vote, but Bolivia first did so in October 2011. Despite the high voter turnout (nearly 80%), three of every five ballots were blank or null and void, and only two were cast in support of a particular candidate. As a result, no candidate garnered more than 10% of the vote, and most of those who were elected to serve as judicial authorities obtained around 6% of the vote.  Continue Reading

Elecciones judiciales en Bolivia: segundo intento

Luis Pásara

Senior Fellow, DPLF

English Version

voting or polling election. people cast their vote insert paper their choice into the box. concept of participation togetherness on decision making

Ningún otro país del mundo elige mediante voto popular a las cúpulas del sistema de administración de justicia. En octubre de 2011 Bolivia lo hizo por primera vez. Pese a una alta participación electoral de casi ochenta por ciento del padrón ciudadano, de cada cinco votos emitidos, tres fueron blancos o nulos y solo dos respaldaron alguna candidatura. Como resultado, ningún candidato obtuvo una votación mayor a diez por ciento de los electores y la mayoría de quienes fueron elegidos como autoridades judiciales alcanzaron alrededor de seis por ciento de los votos.

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