Three Presidents of Bolivia -- one left wing, one centrist and one right wing -- led the field s the first votes were counted in Bolivia's second national Presidential election within a year.
GV & MV People voting in pubic square (2 shots)
MV President General David Padilla with wife voting at polling station
MV Raul Lopez Leyton casting vote
MV Minister Gary Parado voting
MV Victor Paz Estenssoro shaking hands with supporters
MCU Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz with supporters
CU Armed police preventing traffic from entering street
CU Policemen PULL OUT TO MV woman crossing road
CU Man carrying sealed ballot boxes to counting centre
CU Official PULL OUT TO MV ballot box seals being broken
MCU Electioneering officials
CU Two policeman guarding sealed ballot boxes (2 shots)
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Background: Three Presidents of Bolivia -- one left wing, one centrist and one right wing -- led the field s the first votes were counted in Bolivia's second national Presidential election within a year.
SYNOPSIS: The centre of the capital La Paz was virtually devoid of vehicles as voting took place on Sunday (1 July). All cars and trucks not connected with the elections were banned from the centre of the city while voting took place.
Among the first to vote were the country's current military President David Padilla and his wife. General Padilla has pledged to turn over power in the country to the expected civilian winner next month. Other ministers followed his lead.
Victor Paz Estenssoro -- the last elected President in Bolivia and leader of the centre-right Nationalist Revolutionary Movement -- is one of the two men most likely to win the Presidency.
Socialist candidate, Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz turned up to vote with vocal -- and colourful -- support.
In last year's elections Mr. Siles Suazo, leader of the Popular Unity Front (UDP) was defeated by General Juan Pereda Asbun. However an electoral court overturned the decision because of widespread electoral fraud. General Pereda then seized power. He was in turn ousted by a group of young officers led by General Padilla. The new President many not be known for some time. It takes so long to gather-in and count votes that the final results will not be known until the twenty-seventh of July.