(C/NF) BOLIVIAN ELECTION PLANNING (C-AL9-01770)

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09STATE94259 10 September 2009 Confidencial / No para extranjeros United States Secretary of State in Washington

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C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 094259

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/10/2034
TAGS: PINR, PGOV, BL
SUBJECT: (C/NF) BOLIVIAN ELECTION PLANNING (C-AL9-01770)

REF: A. LA PAZ 000743
B. LA PAZ 000436
C. LA PAZ 000496

Classified By: MICHAEL P. OWENS, ACTING DIR, INR/OPS. REASON: 1.4(C).

1. (C/NF) WASHINGTON ANALYSTS WELCOMED REFTEL REPORTING ON
THE BILATERAL TALKS AND THE GOB,S DECISION TO SUSPEND USAID
PROGRAMS. NOT SURPRISINGLY, WE ARE ALSO INTERESTED IN
POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS RELATED TO THE UPCOMING BOLIVIAN
NATIONAL ELECTIONS, INCLUDING BOLIVIAN GOVERNMENT AND
OPPOSITION CAMPAIGN EFFORTS, AS WELL AS OTHER PREPARATIONS
INCLUDING THE BIOMETRIC VOTER REGISTRY. ANY INSIGHTS EMBASSY
CAN PROVIDE ON THE QUESTIONS BELOW, AS TIME AND RESOURCES
PERMIT, WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

A. (U) WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE BIOMETRIC VOTER
REGISTRATION PROCESS? WHO IS CONDUCTING THE REGISTRATION
PROCESS (NATIONAL ELECTORAL COURT OFFICIALS, OTHER GOB
OFFICIALS, ARGENTINE COMPANY NEC?). ARE ELIGIBLE VOTERS
HAVING PROBLEMS REGISTERING? WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION
PROCESS? WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S TIMETABLE FOR COMPLETING
THE REGISTRY? DO ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS EXPECT TO (OR HOPE
TO) COMPLETE IT?

B. (U) DOES THE EASTERN OPPOSITION GROUP CONALDE PLAN TO
SUPPORT A SINGLE OPPOSITION CANDIDATE? ARE THERE DIVISIONS
OVER SUPPORTING A PARTICULAR CANDIDATE? DO CONALDE MEMBERS
PLAN TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO ANY CANDIDATE(S)?

C. (U) HOW IS THE NATIONAL OPPOSITION, INCLUDING PODEMOS,
FARING? DOES IT HAVE AN ELECTION STRATEGY TO COUNTER
MORALES’S EFFORTS IN THE EAST? ARE NATIONAL PARTIES
COORDINATING WITH EACH OTHER OR WITH REGIONAL OPPOSITION
LEADERS? ARE OPPOSITION PARTIES RECEIVING FINANCIAL
ASSISTANCE FROM SUPPORTERS?

D. (U) DO OPPOSITION LEADERS/GROUPS PLAN TO PROTEST OR
DEMONSTRATE IF THEY SUSPECT FRAUD IN THE ELECTIONS? DO THEY
HAVE PLANS TO ABSTAIN FROM VOTING, OR TO ATTEMPT FRAUD?

2. (U) PLEASE CITE C-AL9-01770 IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF
REPORTING IN RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS.
CLINTON