Both Green Party candidate Mockus and Partido de la U’s Santos, who are going head-to-head in the runoff election, cast their votes in Bogota on Sunday morning and made public addresses to the Colombian people, encouraging them to follow suit.
“Voting is essential, one must vote, I invite people to vote this Sunday,” said the Green Party candidate.
On casting his vote, accompanied by his family and running mate Angelino Garzon, Santos expressed a similar sentiment.
He said, “I want to invite you to score a goal, but a goal against abstinence … because this is the best game we can play, the game for Colombia and its future.”
“To watch the World Cup games is fun, sports unites humanity. But it’s more fun after having voted,” said the president.
Colombia’s second round of elections seem so far to have had a significantly lower turn-out than the first round on May 30.
According to reports, at 2PM, two hours before polls close, only 6,950,345 Colombians had cast their votes in this election, down roughly 11% compared to the the amount of votes registered by the same time during the May 30 first round presidential election.
The poor turnout has been attributed to guerrilla violence and extremely heavy rain in several parts of the country.
Colombia’s National Registrar said it hopes that the election result will be known by 5.30PM, one and a half hours after polling stations close.