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Prohibition and a car free country - Bolivian elections

Cochabamba

sunny 26 °C

I´m ´trapped´under curfew in beautiful Cochabamba. Today Bolivia is leading the world by having national elections to elect the Judiciary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivian_judicial_election,_2011). But in truly Bolivian fashion there are some catches that are applied nationally...

  • it is illegal to sell alcohol 48 hours before the polls open so that voting is not impaired (this says most about the Bolivian attitude to alcohol)
  • it is forbidden to drive while the polls are open unless you have special dispensation - so the whole country is car free for the day. This is to stop people voting in more than one place.
  • you have to vote or you cannot access services for three months such as banks, hospitals and the council.
  • There is no domestic transport - planes or buses.

I´ve spent a sunny day wandering through the parks of Cochabamba, watching the families play and the bikes and pedestrians take over the streets. It´s been wonderful. I expect a party tonight when the polls close and the alcohol starts rolling.

Posted by AlisonLeahy 16:49 Archived in Bolivia

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