President Evo Morales, the first indigenous President of Bolivia, has indicated that he will call for new elections after the Organization of American States (OAS), which carefully monitored the election, called for the results to be annulled. 

Morales was facing an election, which took place on October 20, against Carlos Mesa, who was Bolivia’s vice president from 2002-2003 and the President from 2003-2005. He and the opposition are heavily based in the Santa Cruz region in eastern Bolivia. 

There have been widespread protests, strikes, and roadblocks since the night of the election. At least three people have been killed. Morales’s position has been getting increasingly untenable as the people have grown angry over perceived election rigging. As the results were being tallied, the government ceased the count for 24 hours.

Morales was first accused of election rigging back in 2005. That charge was never proved, but now the OAS has found an abuse of the voting system.