Bolivia's Morales calls for fresh elections after OAS audit

Sucre [Bolivia], Nov 10 (ANI): After the Organization of American States (OAS) questioned the validity of his victory last month, Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday said that he will call for fresh elections in the country.

Morales, in a press conference, said that he would replace the members of the electoral board before the polls, reported Sputnik.

Earlier today, the Organization of American States (OAS), which monitored the elections, in its preliminary report stated that it can't verify the Bolivia October 20 election result and recommends another vote take place.

"The manipulations to the computer system are of such magnitude that they must be deeply investigated by the Bolivian state to get to the bottom of and assign responsibility in this serious case," OAS said in its reports.

Further, it added that it was not statistically likely that Morales had secured the 10 percentage-point margin of victory needed to win outright and recommended Bolivia use new electoral authorities for any new vote.

"The first round of the elections held on October 20 must be annulled and the electoral process must begin again, with the first round taking place as soon as there are new conditions that give new guarantees for it to take place, including a newly composed electoral body," the organization said in a press release.

Protests erupted in Bolivia after the counting of votes was inexplicably halted for 24 hours and Morales declared himself as the outright winner. (ANI)