Santos Would Win Re-Election in Run-off: poll

Posted on Apr 28 2014 - 5:28am by Rico

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos would win a second term in office, but he may have to compete against rival candidates in a runoff, according to a poll published on Sunday.

Colombia president, Juan Manuel Santos.

Colombia president, Juan Manuel Santos.

The incumbent would garner 28.3 percent of the votes in the first round of presidential election scheduled for May 25, allowing him to advance to a second round of voting, according to the poll by pollster Datexco published by local daily El Tiempo.

The poll also showed that both rival candidates, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga from the Democratic Centre Party and Enrique Penalosa of the Green Party, would trail Santos in the first round with 16 percent of the votes and 15.7 percent respectively.

Clara Lopez of left-wing coalition Alternative Democratic Pole- Patriotic Union would get 9.6 percent of the votes, while Marta Lucia Ramirez from Colombian Conservative Party would grasp 7.2 percent, the survey showed.

According to the Colombian law, if no candidate wins more than 50 percent, the two leading contenders will go to a runoff in which the candidate who gets a simple majority of the votes wins.

In the run-off on June 15, Santos of the conservative Social Party of National Unity would win 36.2 percent of the votes against 26.6 percent for Zuluaga, or clinch 34.1 percent against 28.5 percent for Penalosa, the two stronger opposition candidates among the four, the poll said.

The poll surveyed 1,974 people in 31 Colombian cities including Bogota.