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A tense Bolivia awaits voting results in redo amid pandemic

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivians are settling in for a tense, and possibly long, vote count as results trickle in from Sunday’s high-stakes presidential election meant to put an end to political turmoil following last year’s annulled ballot that resulted in leftist President Evo Morales’ resignation. Six hours after polls closed, barely 3% of all ballot boxes had been counted. Adding to intrigue, publication of two exit polls has been withheld, with private pollsters saying they don’t trust their own survey results. Bolivians have long been accustomed to quick preliminary results in presidential elections. But after allegations of fraud and violent protests marred last year’s ballot, electoral authorities are appealing for patience, reminding voters that they have up to five days to declare a winner.

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