A total of 17 hopefuls to occupy the peace seats of three departments of the Colombian Caribbean coast gave up their candidacies after denouncing a lack of political guarantees, ahead of the legislative elections that will be held next Sunday.
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Several candidates for peace seats in the departments of Cesar, Magdalena and La Guajira held a protest in front of the National Registry of Civil Status in Valledupar, the capital of Cesar.
In that site they chained themselves and denounced that they were forced to resign, since there are no guarantees for their political participation, according to a report by teleSUR correspondent in Colombia, Hernán Tobar.
One of the former candidates, María Fonseca, said at the protest that “the government did not give us guarantees to be able to participate” in the legislative elections, which will take place the following Sunday.
One of the banners displayed by the protesters read: “We have been used to legitimize an electoral process for victimizers.”
The dissatisfied assured that the public resources destined for the development of their campaigns did not arrive and said that to obtain them they required a policy that they could not fulfill due to the scarcity of economic resources as victims.
They also argued that they were put to compete with electoral machinery to which their perpetrators belong.
Another former candidate, Luis Fernández Lara, stated: “They put us in competition with a son of the biggest killer in the Colombian Caribbean, the son of (alias) Jorge 40 (Rodrigo Tovar Pupo), who was the person who committed the most massacres in this region. of the country and today he is aspiring to one of these seats”.
In the special constituencies for peace, 403 candidates were registered in 213 lists to compete for one of the 16 peace seats in the House of Representatives.
Colombian analysts, including Jorge Rojas, blamed the government of President Iván Duque for this situation, which not only disregarded the 2016 peace agreements, but also did not give the victims of violence the opportunity to make themselves visible in the political arena. .