The Bolivian Senate has given the ‘green light’ this Tuesday, after four hours of debate, to the census law after having the approval of the Chamber of Deputies and will now have to be promulgated by the Bolivian president, Luis Arce.
The Upper House has approved the initiative with the support of 22 senators after several hours of heated discussion between members of the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) caucus, as reported by the newspaper ‘El Deber’.
The Bolivian Executive has ten business days to issue its provisions. If no objection is raised, the census law will be published in the Official State Gazette, while if they are raised, it will have to go back to the Legislature.
The census law has been accompanied by controversy and confrontations in Santa Cruz, the country’s main economic region and where the opposition has become strong in recent weeks with a series of protests demanding the advance of the census.
Thus, since last October 22, the Inter-institutional Committee for the Promotion of the Santa Cruz Census announced an indefinite strike of 35 days, although after its approval in the Chamber of Deputies –with 91 votes in favor, 25 against and three blank –, was suspended, as reported by the newspaper ‘La Razon’.
The president of Bolivia, Luis Arce, had set the population census to be carried out in March 2024, while opponents have taken to the streets in recent days to demand that the process be carried out a year earlier, in 2023.
Bolivian legislation stipulates that the population census must be carried out every ten years, although the last one took place in 2022. The population count could lead to the expansion of economic resources, as well as a readjustment of representation in Parliament.
With the approval of the census law, the first step is taken to carry out this mechanism, although for the moment everything indicates that the government plan will continue and the population count will be carried out in March 2024. despite the criticism.