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Ten interesting facts about presidential voting abroad

After consolidating the results the candidates Iván Duque and Gustavo Petro were the elected to dispute the Presidency of Colombia this net June 17th in a final second round. The table is set and each one will try to entice citizens and their stakeholders.

Colombians living abroad are a collective group which is hardly mentioned during the voting season, but as shown in this article, they could turn out to be interesting and diverse group and could contribute significantly in choosing the future president of Colombia, taking into consideration the following 10 important points:

  1. According to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, almost five million Colombian nationals live abroad, of which 1,376,071 are eligible to vote. This is a figure similar to the votes cast for candidate Germán Vargas Lleras, whom barely surpassed the 1,400,000 vote threshold, representing 3.7% of the total electoral roll.
  2. A total of 2,436 polling stations were enabled in 69 countries around the world. Sergio Fajardo won in 40 countries (58%), Iván Duque won in 26 (38%) and Gustavo Petro in 2 (3%). In Ghana, Duque and Fajardo were tied.
  3. For years ago, during the first presidential round, former Centro Democrático presidential candidate Óscar Iván Zuluaga won abroad with 41.3% of the votes. This year, the candidate of the same party, Iván Duque, won again abroad with 56.7% of the ballots.
  4. As opposed to the national consolidates results, the second most voted candidate abroad was Sergio Fajardo with 26.5%, while Petro obtained only 12.3% of the votes.
  5. Duque obtained the majority vote in United States, Canada, Venezuela, Ecuador and Spain, countries which have had traditional migratory processes and a high number of Colombian workers.
  6. Sergio Fajardo won in almost all Oceania, Africana and Asia. And also won in most European countries in communities with high number of Colombian students in Latin American such as Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
  7. Gustavo Petro could only win in Russia and Cuba, two centralized government countries.
  8. The United States, considered as the “loot” of the elections aboard, representing almost 25% of the total votes and almost a third of the electoral roll voted predominantly for Duque with 71% of the votes while Fajardo reached second place with scarcely 20% of the votes.
  9. As opposed to Algeria, which had seven polling stations, just eight people voted, in other words, not even 1% of the eligible Colombian voters exerted their right to vote.
  10. The historical fact of the elections in Colombia was abstentionism below 50%. The voting abroad was not alien to this phenomenon and only 279,747 compatriots went to vote, in a whopping 80% abstentionism, just two point under four years ago but still a way to go from the national rank of 47 %.


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