UN expects Colombian elections to take place without violence

UN expects Colombian elections to take place without violence

Judging by the polls, Petro will fall short of half plus one of the votes to win in the first round, which would take the decision to a second round on June 19 with either right-wing Federico Gutiérrez or independent populist Rodolfo Hernández. who follow him in the polls. The Registrar’s Office, organizer of the elections, has been questioned since in the legislative elections of March 13 there was a difference of tens of thousands of votes between the pre-count and the final count that affected above all the Historical Pact.

Due to the elections, Colombia will close its land and river border crossings from this Saturday, May 28, at 6:00 p.m. (local time). It will reopen on Monday the 30th at 6:00 in the morning. Juan Francisco Espinosa, director of Migration Colombia, explained that the closure of the borders (with Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil) seek to guarantee normality during the day and recalled that it is a decision that has been implemented historically.

On May 20, a delegation of 87 people, the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS), began activities ahead of the presidential elections. The mission is led by Eladio Loizaga, former Foreign Minister of Paraguay, who already led this same group during the legislative elections held in March in Colombia.

“The Mission will have a wide territorial deployment in different departments of the country. Likewise, it will follow up on key aspects of the process, such as electoral organization and voting abroad, electoral technology, electoral justice, campaigns and freedom of expression, and electoral violence,” the EOM told the OAS in a statement.

The deployment is already ready in several nations so that citizens of Colombian nationality can exercise their right to vote. On Friday, May 27The Colombian Foreign Ministry reported this Friday that during this fifth electoral day a total of 9 thousand 717 voters have gone to the polls abroad, in the middle of a day that passes with total normality.

The Foreign Ministry specified that 109 electoral posts were already operational, at least until May 27, which by the end of the day that day had received more than 99 thousand Colombians. “To date, the positions with the highest number of voters are: Miami with 12,978, Madrid with 10,566, Barcelona with 4,707, Orlando with 4,644, and New York with 3,572″, they reported.

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