The ballot is being carried out under extremely tight security, amid fears of violence and intimidation from leftwing guerillas and right-ring paramilitaries alike.
80 percent of the votes have been counted, and the supporters of right-leaning President Alvaro Uribe seem to be on track to take the majority. However, less than half of the country’s 26 million eligible voters turned out.
Uribe has gained popularity thanks to an uncompromising crackdown on rebel violence. He is a key ally of the US.
So far, there has been no major violence reported in connection with the voting. Three public buses have been burned out in the capital, Bogota, but no one was injured.FARC guerillas have carried out a series of minor attacks aimed, so critics say, at destabilising the ballot. Right-wing rebels have declared a ceasefire for the duration of the campaign, but human rights groups say their influence among voters remains strong.