14 candidates for the local elections held in Colombia in October have been assassinated so far this year, a NGO monitoring the elections said Thursday.
In an interview with French Press Agency AFP, the director of the Electoral Observation Mission (MOE) said that another 6 survived assassination attempts.
“The situation is delicate. To have this number of cases five month before the elections is not a desirable situation for the democratic process,” Barrios added.
The situation in Antioquia, where three candidates were murdered and four received death threats, is the worst, said the director.
Earlier, the national government called the neo-paramilitary groups and successors of the cartels the biggest threat to the elections. According to Interior and Justice Minister German Vargas Lleras, these groups threaten to disturb the electoral process in 300 of Colombia’s 1099 municipalities.