Petro won the election with 40.3% of the votes, 12 percentage points more than Hernández (28.2%), with whom he will contest a second round on June 19, according to the Registrar’s Office at the end of the count prior to the vote.
The results of the presidential election in Colombia
With 99.71% of the tables counted in the presidential elections in Colombia, the candidate for the Historical Pact, Gustavo Petro, adds 40.34% of the votes and exceeds by more than 12 percentage points Rodolfo Hernández, leader of the League of Anti-Corruption Governors, who obtains 28.17%.
Behind Petro and Hernández, are Federico Gutiérrez (Coalición Equipo por Colombia) with 23.87%, Sergio Fajardo (Coalición Centro Esperanza) with 4.20%, John Rodríguez (Colombia Justa Libres) with 1.29; and Enrique Gómez (National Salvation Movement), 0.23%.
The tables for this first round of the elections opened at 8 (10 in Argentina), and the vote lasted eight hours.
On a cool morning in Bogotá, a drizzle, although almost imperceptible, made early voters run through the streets, who preferred to wait outside the polling places to cast their vote very early.
The main candidates for the presidency are Petro, from the left and favorite in all the polls to obtain first place, although it would not be enough to avoid the second round; Federico Gutiérrez (right), Rodolfo Hernández (right and non-party-recognized sectors) and Sergio Fajardo (center).
If no candidate manages to win half plus one vote, there will be a second round between the winner and the second on June 19.
The padrón enabled 39,002,239 citizens to vote, who will be able to go to 110,758 tables located in 12,262 voting centers in the country.
In any case, it is estimated that, since voting is not mandatory, there were some 20 million who will participate in the elections.