Social democrat Gustavo Petro has taken a minor lead in Colombia’s presidential election race, according to the latest poll.
Pollster Invamer said that 23.5% of the polled voters said they would vote for Petro, a former Bogota mayor, if elections were held tomorrow.
Fajardo had been leading in the six months prior to the latest poll.
Conservatives taking part in the race have not yet been able to obtain a spot in the virtual second round of elections.
The most popular of conservative candidates is former Vice-President German Vargas who received 14.8% of support.
The three candidates of the hard right coalition of former president Alvaro Uribe seems to have lost much of its electoral support.
Invamer election poll
- Gustavo Petro (23.4%)
- Sergio Fajardo (21.6%)
- German Vargas (14.8%)
- Humberto de la Calle (10.6%)
- Ivan Duque (9.2%) / Marta Lucía Ramírez (7.8%)
- Clara Lopez (4.1%)
- Juan Carlos Pinzon (3.7%)
- Piedad Cordoba (1.6%)
- Rodrigo Londoño (1.6%)
- Viviane Morales (1.4%)
Virtually all polls indicate that no conservative candidate would make it to the second round. This would be unprecedented in the country where elections have traditionally been dominated by the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party.
The outcome of the elections does not depend entirely on the preference of the people. Electoral observers have already warned about possible fraudulent voter registrations.