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Brussels, 8 December 2009
Catherine Ashton on the elections in Bolivia
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Common and Foreign Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, made the following statement after the presidential and legislative elections and the autonomy referendums held in Bolivia on 6 December:
"I congratulate Bolivia on the generally peaceful manner in which the elections were conducted last Sunday, proving the commitment of the Bolivian people to democratic representation at national and regional level in their country. I particularly commend the efforts of the electoral authorities for the conduct of these elections and for their efforts in putting in place the conditions that made it possible for a record number of Bolivians to participate in these elections.
I would also like to express my gratitude for the thorough work done by the EU Election Observation Mission, headed by Ms Renate Weber, in monitoring the elections. The European Union remains committed to work with the Bolivian authorities and other stakeholders in support of consolidating the rule of law and democratic stability in Bolivia."
Last Sunday 6 December 2009, elections took place in Bolivia. Bolivians chose the President of the Republic, as well as the members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate and voted on the status of autonomy in five departments. These are the first elections after the entry into force of the new Bolivian Constitution in February 2009.
On Election Day, the EU Election Observation Mission, headed by Ms Renate Weber, Member of the European Parliament, deployed over 100 observers throughout the country. In its preliminary statement on the elections, issued on 8 December, the mission commended the good preparation and orderly conduct of the elections. The EU EOM has been on the ground since the end of October and will remain in country until the end of this month.