Bolivia’s electoral body announced this Thursday that the general elections in the South American country are postponed to Oct. 18, after rescheduling from May to Sept. 6.
The second delay came two weeks after interim President Jeanine Anez tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, four cabinet members were also infected with the novel coronavirus.
Earlier, medical experts warned of a possible pandemic peak in late August or early September, leading to the decision.
“This election requires the highest possible health security measures to protect the health of Bolivians,” Salvador Romero, president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), told a news conference held in the capital La Paz.
“The definitive date for the election gives better conditions for health protection,” said Romero.
If the October vote would fail to produce a president for the Andean nation, a second round run-off should occur on Nov. 29, said the TSE head.
Data showed Bolivia has reported more than 64,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with more than 2,300 fatalities.