MAS candidate leads new poll ahead of Bolivia's elections
La Paz, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The presidential candidate for the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), Luis Arce, leads the polls with 25 percent, prior to the elections on October 18, according to local press on Tuesday.
The study released by the conservative Bolivia's Pagina Siete newspaper ranks former president Carlos Mesa (Citizen Community) behind with 22 percentage points.
Aspirants Jeanine Añez, who leads the de facto government, and the far-right from the department of Santa Cruz Luis Fernando Camacho obtain just eight percent of the voters' intention, according to the poll.
The rest of candidates such as former president Jorge Quiroga and the evangelical pastor Chi Hyung have less than two percent of the vote, pointed out the newspaper that supported the coup against Evo Morales in 2019.
The Gallup poll also indicates that the undecided represent 21 percent and that the blank or invalid votes will be around 11 percent.
A second round is the option with the most possibilities, the study said.
The electoral law stipulates that to win in the first round the candidate must obtain 50 percent of the valid votes or a minimum of 40 percent with a difference of 10 percentage points compared to the second most voted.
Bolivia will hold general elections on October 18 after the coup against Morales, and after several postponements of the electoral date.
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