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Left-Wing Candidate’s Denunciation of Fraud Marks End of Campaign in Colombia

BOGOTA – The left-wing presidential candidate of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, concluded his presidential campaign on Sunday with massive events in Bogota and Barranquilla and claimed that electoral fraud is being prepared for the upcoming elections on May 27.

Before traveling to Barranquilla for his last public act, Petro claimed that an electoral fraud is being prepared for the elections on May 27 because the software that will be used in the elections has not been reviewed and that the mission sent by the Union European to Colombia does not have the capacity to do so.

“What is in question is that the software presents alterations of algorithms that have no guarantee and can generate a massive fraud,” Petro, of the Colombia Humana movement, said during a press conference.

However, the Registrar’s Office, an official entity organizing the elections, assured on Sunday that the Electoral Experts Mission of the European Union has already reviewed the software of the vote-counting system but Petro argued that his staff spoke with “one of the experts” of the EU, who told him that “it is not possible to review” the program.

Petro also claimed that both President Juan Manuel Santos and the Registrar’s Office of the National Electoral Council (CNE) favor the same presidential candidate, the right-winger German Vargas Lleras, Colombia’s vice president between 2014 and 2017.

In response to Petro’s remarks, the former vice president asked him to respect the country’s electoral institutions.

“I tell Dr. Petro not to anticipate his defeat on May 27 and I ask him to respects the institutions. Ask for the software of (Venezuelan President) Maduro if he distrusts the Colombian institutions, “said Vargas Lleras at an event in Medellin.

After the closing of the public campaigns, the electoral race entered its final week, in which candidates will only be able to participate in private activities or debates.

 

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