Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Former Bolivian President Evo Morales will apply to the Cochabamba Department for a seat in the Senate in the elections in Bolivia on May 3.

According to various Latin American media, referring to the Bolivian Supreme Electoral Court, Morales, who lives in exile in Argentina, has successfully submitted his candidacy. The deadline for enrollment ended yesterday.

Eight applicants will also run for president on May 3. Among them are the conservative transitional president Jeanine Áñez, who initially announced that she would not run, and the former president Carlos Mesa. For Evo Morales' "Movimento al Socialismo" (MAS, movement for socialism), his former economics minister Luis Acre will be running.

Morales resigned as head of state under military pressure in November after opposition and international election observers accused him of defrauding the October 20 presidential election. He initially exiled to Mexico and then settled in Argentina. In an interview with the Chilean newspaper "La Tercera", which was published at the weekend, he had announced that he would return to Bolivia.