The decision to speed up the crucial population census due to the protests and violent incidents that broke out in Bolivia in recent weeks, the country’s president, Luis Arce, decided, announcing that it will take place on March 24, 2024.
“In order not to spill the blood of the people, we passed this law on the census, listening to the people”the head of state emphasized during his televised speech.
The demonstrations lasted 36 days in Santa Cruz Countyengine of the Bolivian economy and stronghold of the right-wing opposition, with a central demand to speed up the crucial population census ahead of the 2025 elections.
The census allows the allocation of congressional seats and public funds allocated to each district to be determined. The local government in Santa Cruz, the most populous region of the Andean country, considered that it was wronged because the most recent census was done more than ten years ago, so the official data has nothing to do with reality.
The protests he organized – according to the official account of the authorities, resulted in the death of 4 people and the injury of almost 200 others – ended on November 26the day the Bolivian Parliament adopted a draft law submitted by the government guaranteeing the March 2024 population census.
Source: News Beast