MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 22nd October, 2019) Bolivia's President Evo Morales has won 46.86 percent of the votes in the country's presidential election, avoiding a runoff, local media report citing official preliminary election results.
Morales is winning with a 10.12 margin against his rival Carlos Mesa, who has 36.74 percent of the votes, with 95.09 percent counted, the Bolivian El Deber newspaper said on Monday evening, citing data from the country's Preliminary Election Results Transmission (TREP) system.
The country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal said later on Monday night that with 95.43 percent of the votes counted, Morales had 46.86 percent, while Mesa had 36.72 percent of the votes, leaving Bolivia's current president with a 10.13 percent margin.
To win in the first round of the presidential elections in Bolivia, a candidate needs to get more than 50 percent of the votes, or, as an alternative, at least 40 percent with a margin of 10 percent from the closest opponent.
In his three previous elections, Morales won with 54, 64 and 61 percent of the votes.