UN Highlights Importance of Bolivian Judicial Elections

La Paz, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) The upcoming judicial elections in Bolivia, to be decided by popular vote, will strengthen the State, stated Denis Racicot, the representative here of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Racicot told reporters that the elections seek to ensure that women and indigenous Bolivians are among those who hold top positions in the nation’s judicial system.

The process within the Plurinational Legislative Assembly for the pre-selection of candidates for judges was transparent and participatory, the UN official noted.

He also reiterated the UN call upon the population to exercise their right to vote.

Justice Minister Nilda Copa recently said that Bolivians and many countries worldwide have great expectations about these elections where the people will decide on their judicial authorities, an unprecedented event.

According to officials, on Sept. 1, information will begin to circulate on the merits of candidates through the publication of their photos, personal information and curricula.

On Oct. 16, Bolivians will elect nine Supreme Court judges, seven for the Plurinational Constitutional Court, seven for the Agro-Environmental Court, and five for the Council of Magistrates.

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