Bolivia’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal says 6.5 million people are registered to vote in February’s national referendum. The data shows that there has been a 3 percent increase in the number of new voters since the last referendum in September 2015. It’s compulsory to vote in Bolivian elections. The referendum on Feb. 21 will ask voters whether they want to amend the constitution and abolish the two-term limit for the head of state. If it’s approved, President Evo Morales will be able to seek re-election in the next elections scheduled for 2019.
This is the first time that campaigners do not have to register to campaign in an election.
Thirty-seven organizations have registered to campaign: 22 support the “Yes” side, which seeks to modify the constitution, while 15 will campaign in favor of the “No” side.
Those that do register are entitled to benefit from free campaign publicity in state broadcast and print outlets.