Most Colombians are pinching themselves just 24 hours before they go to the polls. There hasn’t been as quiet an election as this in decades, and 30 million electors are preparing to to go and vote in peace and safety for a new president.
The polls say they’re also preparing to elect the inheritor of Alvaro Uribe, the two-term architect of the defeat of the FARC rebels, who cannot stand again.
With the FARC no longer as capable of violence Juan Manuel Santos, who played his part as a three-time minister under Uribe, above all in defence, says he’s the man to confirm victory, and address the problem that fed the rebels for over three decades with volunteers; the 46 per cent of the population that lives under the poverty line.
Lagging behind with only 28 per cent support to Santos’s 65 is Antanas Mockus, the Green candidate.
But it seems most people believe Santos has won already. Mockus has seen his support wane since winning his way into the second-round runoff.
Security is tight, as the Colombian government isn’t taking any chances. The challenge for the victor will be to see if, after winning the war, and the election, the new man can win the peace.