the president of Colombia, Ivan Dukehighlighted this Sunday the “Calm down” with which the electoral day passed in the country in the first presidential round to elect his successor, as well as the “solidity” of the democracy of his country.
“Today Colombians went to the polls and with their participation demonstrated, once again, the solidity of our democracy. A day that passed calmly thanks to the work of the electoral organization and the Public Force through the Democracy Plan 2022″applauded the president through his social networks.
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The Ministry of Defense confirmed that the strategy put in place by the Government to guarantee the proper conduct of the elections “worked by guaranteeing the security of the voting tables”, and “Thanks to the deployment of more than 300,000 men and women of the Public Force, (…) it was possible to guarantee security in the 12,513 polling stations installed throughout the country.”
“So far we can inform Colombians that this election day passed with complete normality and guaranteeing the security and tranquility of Colombians to go out and vote”Defense Minister Diego Molano indicated in this regard.
The Minister of Defense reported that on Sunday morning “three explosive devices” were found, two of which were triggered without affecting the Public Force or election day, while the third caused injuries to a soldier, who was already attended.
He also indicated that three people were captured for “electoral incident.”
Finally, the director of the National Police, General Jorge Luis Vargas, agreed that it has been “a civic day full of joy where democracy triumphed.”
With 99.84% of the votes counted, the leftist Gustavo Petro prevailed at the polls with 40.33% -8,522,399 votes- followed by the independent populist Rodolfo Hernández with 28.1% -5,951,013 votes- , with whom it will be measured in a second round.