2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Audit of Bolivia

Bolivia received an overall score of 78.75 percent for electoral fairness. The scores means that the constitutional and legislative basis for Bolivian democracy is on the border of outstanding. The Bolivian electoral system has many progressive elements such as civic and indigenous organizations have the same rights as political parties, and TV and radio markets are divided equally between the private sector,government, and social and indigenous organizations. Also, there are caps on electoral propaganda on TV and radio, and only registered political organizations can produce election propaganda. However, the lack of caps on donations and candidate and party spending may favor wealthy candidates and parties through the lack of caps on poster and billboard election propaganda and campaign events. Further, the progressive law for immediate removal of election propaganda in the case of a claim of inaccuracy, for example, can undermine the electoral process by encouraging less than credible claims.