A few hours after the start of the legislative elections in Colombia, citizens reported several problems accessing the page of the National Registry and the ‘Infovotantes Elections Colombia 2022’ application, where the voting station is confirmed.
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After the fall on the internet of the aforementioned page, the Registrar’s Office warned that it presented an “unusual high flow” of visitors, while on social networks voters have denounced numerous irregularities in the voting centers.
Then follow the electoral process to elect the new Congress in Colombia up to the minute.
17H23 (21H10 GMT): The coordinator of the Electoral Observation Mission, Camilo Mancera, delivered a balance stating that 735 reports were received on possible irregularities and electoral crimes, “they came from 176 municipalities and 31 departments and the capital city (Bogotá),” he said.
“The Pilas con el Voto platform received 171 reports of prohibited electoral propaganda. Antioquia with the highest number of reported cases with 43, Cundinamarca 26, Bogotá 23 and Tolima 15. People handing out flyers wearing campaign badges and approaching voters,” Mancera explained. .
At the same time, he warned that many of these cases, of improper propaganda, were distributed and delivered by voting juries, “we have 60 reports related to problems with the electoral roll (…) Deceased people continue to appear on the electoral roll,” he added. .
“At the moment, we have counted 77 reports informing of the non-compliance with the electoral procedure by the juries, they have not delivered the electoral cards of the Afro list and of inter-party consultations, these cases occurred in Cali, Bogotá, Barranquilla,” he indicated. the EOM coordinator.
2:18 p.m. (19:18 GMT).- Explosions in Meta and Caquetá leave two soldiers dead. The Army reported that the events occurred in the municipalities of La Macarena and San Vicente del Caguan. The injured have already been transferred to be treated and for now it is not known which criminal group was behind the events.
13:45 (18:45 GMT).- The difficulties have caused obstacles at the polling stations, where citizens have been forced to go to the long lists posted at the entrances to find out where they can exercise their right to choose.
12:30 GMT (17:30 GMT) The National Registry assured that “State cybersecurity organizations activated a security plan due to an unusual high flow against the entity’s page and the InfoVotantes application.”
For now, the intermittent failures on the website remain, but the Registrar’s Office has also confirmed that there is, for now, no cybercrime or hacking plan against this entity.
11H15 (16H15).- A gesture by President Iván Duque after casting his vote as soon as the elections began at 08:00 local time, was criticized because he would have suggested voting for Team for Colombia.
In these elections in which the Chamber of Deputies and Senators is renewed, an inter-party consultation is also carried out in which three coalitions of different political persuasion submit their presidential candidates to the consideration of the voting public.
These are Team for Colombia, Hope Center Coalition and Historical Pact. In none of these alliances is the party of Duque.
Complaints about irregularities are on the rise
11H00 (16H00 GMT). The complaints of the voters in voting centers are increasing, from the closing of the polls to the refusal of officials to receive the registered voters to exercise their suffrage are some of the complaints issued on social networks
Some complaints also refer to the fact that various candidates are inciting citizens to whom they have offered money for their vote, ‘to sell it but to elect them.
International observer missions indicated that they have received more than 180 complaints about irregularities, such as lack of electoral ballots, sudden transfers to other centers, and some observers were not allowed to enter the polling stations.
Clashes between the Colombian Army and illegal armed groups, in the municipality of La Macarena, department of Meta, and that leave a soldier dead, prevent voting in the legislative elections in this area of the country, reported the independent Electoral Observation Mission ( EOM).
Opening of the electoral process
At 08:00 local this Sunday in the Plaza de Bolívar in Bogotá, the opening of the legislative elections in Colombia was held in the presence of the electoral and federal authorities, in a framework of growing insecurity, threats to the candidates and previous complaints of irregularities.
The protocol act was headed by the president of the National Electoral Council, Doris Ruth Méndez, and the national registrar, Alexánder Vega.
On this day, more than 38.8 million Colombians are qualified to elect the entire Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as the 16 peace seats in the House and the presidential candidates of three political coalitions.
To this end, the CNE has provided 12,262 posts and 110,758 polling stations installed throughout the country.
The candidates for the “peace seats” have denounced both difficulties in financing their campaigns and a lack of security and guarantees in those places where violence has increased in recent months.
The innovative mechanism of “peace seats”, which are 16 seats in the House of Representatives, are destined for victims of the armed conflict, who will be chosen from their own lists.
On the issue of security in Colombian territory, the Minister of the Interior, Daniel Palacios, indicated that nearly a quarter of a million police and military personnel will be deployed throughout the country on March 13.
“We review the deployments to guarantee 100% coverage of the voting tables,” added the minister.
“Review the neuralgic and strategic sites of these three departments to be able to comply with the fact that on Sunday, all citizens can go out to vote freely and also that they are safe and transparent elections,” he added.
The National Police, for its part, explained that there will be 94,400 police men and women, who strategically and from different specialties are arranged in the national territory to guarantee security in rural and urban areas.