Jorge Agudelo announced progress in scrutiny by 70%. He assured that it has been a calm day-credit @ JorgeAgudeloA / X
Santa Marta still does not know who will be the elected mayor who will be in charge of administering the city between 2024 and 2027. Due to alleged irregularities in the pre-count, denounced by the candidate Carlos Pinedo Cuello, supported by Cambio Radical and Centro Democrático, who came second in the vote count on October 29, a vote count is being carried out at the Estelar Santamar Hotel in the capital of Magdalena.
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His challenger for the Fuerza Ciudadana party, and who came first in the regional elections, Jorge Agudelo, assured that these new elections have already advanced 70% and, apparently, would show that he would have won the electoral contest. The first results put Agudelo as elected mayor of Santa Marta with 85,504 votes, equivalent to 39.77%; Pinedo Cuello came second with 85,222 votes in his favor, corresponding to 39.64%. The slightest difference between the two would have raised doubts about the transparency of the elections.
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“Today a scrutiny is carried out with good calm, order, in peace and with good dynamics. The good news is that we continue to increase the difference, but, above all, today we have already carried out 70% of the scrutiny. (sic) Four zones have already been 100% defined,” Jorge Agudelo explained in X (formerly Twitter). In a tweet published on November 3, when the vote had barely passed 60%, he assured that his place as elected mayor was being ratified.
Jorge Agudelo assured that the recount of votes would be ratifying him as the elected mayor of Santa Marta – credit @JorgeAgudeloA/XCarlos Pinedo assured that there are no guarantees in the scrutiny due to the “biased” attitude of a judge – credit @JorgeAgudeloA/X
The candidate Carlos Pinedo assured in In a video published by the candidate, the judge in question is seen apparently saying the following: “You are afraid, you are afraid (sic). You drowned”.
“Those who are afraid are you who lost since Sunday and not even with fraud could you take away the freedom of the Samarians to choose. @CNE_COLOMBIA @Registraduria @PGN_COL @CNDJ_Col we need immediate actions in the face of actions like that of this judge, which only lacerate democracy, and do not give any type of guarantees to the scrutiny processes that we Samarians demand. Santa Marta demands guarantees and Judge Ana Fernández Ramos in the Scrutinizing Commission 15 is clearly biased,” said Carlos Pinedo on the social network.
Candidate Carlos Pinedo Cuello called the returning judge “biased” – credit @CarlosPinedoC/X
For his part, the former governor of Magdalena Carlos Caicedo has spoken out in favor of the candidate Jorge Agudelo, arguing that the National Registrar of Civil Status, Alexander Vega Rocha, “was cruel” against the Fuerza Ciudadana party: “He persecutes us because we confront the elites those that he serves in the country, especially in the clans of the Caribbean Coast,” he said in X.
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According to Caicedo, this supposed contrary position on the part of the registrar is due to the fact that in conversation with W Radio he assured that there was a “technical tie” in the city.
“Both sectors are accusing each other, but we have to say that when a bulletin, in this case the pre-count, is a technical tie, we can say that no one has won and no one has lost. When there is a technical tie you have to wait for the scrutiny because there could have been an error at some table. At this moment they are pre-counting the votes and we have to wait for what the judges say,” Vega Rocha mentioned in the aforementioned media.
These statements would be problematic because, although the difference in votes between Jorge Agudelo and Carlos Pinedo was small in the pre-count, this would show that the former remained the elected mayor of Santa Marta. “For this reason we reported him to the @FiscaliaCol for the crimes of voter fraud and denial of registration. Waiting for an Attorney General to arrive who does act legally,” Caicedo explained.