The polls have closed and the results are in. Enrique Peñalosa will be the next mayor of Bogotá having won 33% of the vote. Rafael Pardo came in close second with 28.5%, followed in distant third by Clara López with 18%. As predicted, Francisco Santos, came fourth with a surprising 12%, having only been given only 6% in the polls. The remaining candidates took less than 4% of the vote between them.
Peñalosa stormed to the mayor of Bogotá victory with even more than the 560,590 votes he took in the 2011 mayoral elections, when he came second.
Some were surprised by the collapse of support for Clara López, which is said to reflect the Bogotanos’ dissatisfaction with the Polo Democratico party.
Colombians across the country have been voting to elect 32 governors, 1,101 mayors, 418 deputies, 12,065 councillors and 6,700 town councillors that will take office on January 1 2016. There were 38 million Colombians able to vote; 17,413,000 women and 16,406,000 and men. The authorities have estimated that the cost of the elections came to about COP$434,000 million.
This has been one of the most peaceful elections in Colombian history, but hasn’t been without some violence. Soldier Laureano Antonio Patermina Pérez of the Brigada Móvil 25 was left dead by an ELN attack on soldiers supporting the elections in the municipality of Anorí, Northeast Antioquia.
In the other main cities, the biggest surprise came in Medellín where Federico Gutiérrez (Creemos) became the new mayor of the city. He won with 35.62%, narrowly beating Juan Carlos Vélez, of the Uribista Centro Democrático party. The result was remarkable both because Vélez had been leading in the polls, and because this is former President Uribe’s home state.
70-year old businessman and entrepreneur, Maurice Armitage, took 38.18% of the vote to become Cali’s new mayor, promising social improvements and to work to resolve the city’s water problems.
Alejandro Char (Cambio Radical) claimed a resounding victory in Barranquilla, with 73.06%. Char, who served as the city’s mayor from 2008-2011, promised “more space, more recreation, more culture, more mobility” throughout his campaign.
Find out more about what Peñalosa promised during his campaign:
Mobility & Transport
Parks & Environment
Diversity & Inclusion
By Daniel Steel