News Karnataka
Thursday, June 30 2022
South America

Armed forces deployed in Colombia for Prez polls - 1 min read

Prez Polls
Photo Credit : IANS

Bogota: The Colombian Government has deployed armed forces to ensure the safety of voters on Sunday May 29 in the first round of Presidential Elections.

According to the Defence Ministry, about 80,000 soldiers have been deployed across the country to guarantee the security of the elections, and the navy has positioned 7,000 sailors in maritime areas, reports Xinhua news agency.

The security of the capital city of Bogota was reinforced with 1,700 more soldiers, besides 11,200 police officers and 1,800 soldiers.

Authorities said alcohol sales have also stopped throughout the country until Monday noon.

Polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. (local time, about 7 p.m. IST) to 4 p.m. when millions of Colombians are expected to exercise their right to vote.

A candidate must garner 50 per cent of the vote to win the first round.

If not, a second round of voting will be held on June 19 between the top two contenders.

According to a poll conducted earlier this month, the presidential race is likely to head to a runoff between progressive candidate Gustavo Petro and his conservative rival Federico Gutierrez.

The survey by polling firm Invamer showed Petro has taken the lead with 40.6 per cent of the voter support, followed by Gutierrez with 27.1 per cent.

Another conservative candidate, Rodolfo Hernandez, appeared to be gaining strength, with 20.9 per cent of the support.

The new President will assume office on August 7.

See also  Two more held in PSI recruitment case
Support NewsKarnataka's quality independent journalism with a small contribution.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to our Podcast across platforms
AnchorAmazon MusicSpotifyGoogle PodcastsRadio PublicRSS

Visit 7Jackpots and find the best online casinos in India! Play the most popular casino games for real money!

Find the best odds at 10Cric and ipl betting 2021! Signup today and get up to a 100% deposit bonus.

Subscribe Newsletter

Get latest news karnataka updates on your email.

To get the latest news on WhatsApp