Bolivia Continues Local and Regional Elections Amid Pandemic

Bolivian voters took to the polls on Sunday for the local and regional elections, despite its overwhelmed healthcare system due to the coronavirus. 

More than seven million voters elected nine governors and 336 mayors in the municipal and regional polls. 

Meanwhile, the ruling party Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) is failing to secure votes in the cities of Santa Cruz, La Paz, Cochabamba and El Alto amidst dwindling support,  local media reported.

In El Alto, the country’s second-largest city, former MAS member Eva Copa has gained popularity and results will be followed closely as she goes against the ruling party representative Zacarias Maquera.

Last month, healthcare workers went on strike in Santa Cruz amidst its overwhelmed healthcare system, demanding stricter guidelines to curb the surge in infections. 

The South American country now has a total of 254,273 Covid-19 cases with 11,823 deaths as of Monday. 

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