The candidate of ex-president Evo Morales' socialist party, Luis Arce, has taken a commanding lead in opinion polls ahead of the May 3 presidential election in Bolivia, a poll published Monday showed.
Arce, handpicked by Morales as candidate for the Movement for Socialism (MAS) party, has 33.3 percent of voter intentions, with former president Carlos Mesa a distant second on 18.3 percent. Right-wing interim President Jeanine Añez is running in third place on 16.9 percent, according to pollsters Ciesmori.
Bolivia returns to the polls after voting monitors for the Organisation of American States dismissed Morales' first-round victory in October 20 elections as fraudulent.
Morales resigned the Presidency in November and fled the country after losing the support of the army amid violent protests.