Colombian local elections – as indecisive as predicted

Yesterday I blogged about the Colombian local elections. The results are in, and they are just as indecisive as analyst Simone Bruno predicted in the article I mentioned yesterday.

The Polo Democratico, Colombia’s democratic left party that has been on the rise, won the mayor’s seat in Bogota and the government of the department of Narino. But Uribe’s candidates won the majority of seats. From here, the elections do look like they were very close.


Yesterday I blogged about the Colombian local elections. The results are in, and they are just as indecisive as analyst Simone Bruno predicted in the article I mentioned yesterday.

The Polo Democratico, Colombia’s democratic left party that has been on the rise, won the mayor’s seat in Bogota and the government of the department of Narino. But Uribe’s candidates won the majority of seats. From here, the elections do look like they were very close.

The Bogota mayoralty was taken with 43.7%. Three Uribista governments (Cundinamarca, Santander, and the Atlantic coast) were taken with 51.43%, 55.43%, and 46.43%.

Looking at the map on eltiempo.com, it looks like Cauca was won by the “Movimiento Nacional Afrocolombiana”. That map shows a very fragmented political system with many parties holding governments in different parts.

Para-politicians won several seats, and lost others. El Tiempo saw fit to mention both Carlos Gaviria, the head of the Polo Democratico, and his claiming victory for the Polo in Bogota as a loss for Uribe, and the filthy accusations or Uribista politicians against Gaviria and Polo.

It is hard to identify the trend or figure out where things are headed. It seems to me that Polo continues to grow stronger electorally and that Uribe and the para-politica is weaker than it has been. But both fragmentation and terror can work on behalf of the regime, and it seems to me that this regime, despite the scandals and even the ambivalent support from the US congress, has a lot left in it.

Justin Podur

Author: Justin Podur

Author of Siegebreakers. Ecology. Environmental Science. Political Science. Anti-imperialism. Political fiction. Teach at York U's FES. Author. Writer at ZNet, TeleSUR, AlterNet, Ricochet, and the Independent Media Institute.