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Bolivia Blames Threats from Hackers for Delay in Vote Count

LA PAZ – Bolivia’s TSE electoral court said on Monday that delays in releasing the official results from the weekend presidential election were due to the need for extra precautions after anonymous threats from hackers to sabotage the process.

Even without the certified count, the Bolivian opposition has accepted as valid the results of two different exit polls showing that incumbent Evo Morales won on Sunday with around 60 percent of the vote.

The TSE had originally promised to release figures based on tabulation of 70 percent of the ballots by midnight Sunday.

But several officials received anonymous calls about sabotage of the computer system, TSE magistrate Ramiro Paredes told Efe on Monday.

The TSE had to take the threat seriously and the additional security measures delayed the process, he said.

Procedures involving volunteer poll workers at individual precincts also took longer than expected, creating “a domino effect,” Paredes said.

The TSE has up to 12 days to release the final results, but the court expects to disclose updated figures sometime on Monday, he said.

So far, the TSE has disclosed fewer than 3 percent of the returns.

The exit polls gave Morales, Indian-majority Bolivia’s first indigenous head of state, almost 60 percent of the vote, compared with around 25 percent for cement mogul Samuel Doria Medina and 9.6 percent for former President Jorge Quiroga.

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