According to Colombia’s interior and justice minister, the primaries organized Sunday ahead of October’s local and departmental elections turned out to be a “failure” after around noon only 10% of registered voters had turned up.
Minister German Vargas Lleras blamed the six political parties that took part in the primaries for the disappointing turnout. According to the minister, the parties had failed to promote the elections and reminded them elections had cost more than $38 million.
Vargas Lleras was supported by Registrar Carlos Ariel Sanchez, who called the turnout “disappointing.” However, the registrar stressed that there had been no reports of public disorder.
In October, Colombia will hold local elections and vote new mayors, governors, members of council and deputies.