- Title: COLOMBIA: MILLION OF COLOMBIANS GO TO THE POLLS TO VOTE IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
- Date: 29th October 2000
- Summary: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (OCTOBER 29, 2000) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF ARMED SECURITY (6 SHOTS) 0.32 2. MV: COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT ANDRES PASTRANA ARRIVING TO VOTE 0.42 3. SV/ZOOM IN: PASTRANA VOTING (2 SHOTS) 0.52 4. SCU: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PASTRANA VOTING: "Voting is an important message for the peace process. It is telling the insurgency that we Colombians want to strengthen our democratic process, that we want to strengthen our democracy and it is an important message for the world. Today the country will vote, today the country will celebrate elections because we are sure that they will be peaceful and tranquil. The winner of this electoral process will be Colombia and democracy." 1.19 5. MV: ARMED SECURITY ON ROOF TOP 1.25 6. SV: INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS 1.30 7. VARIOUS OF VOTING CENTRES (4 SHOTS) 1.49 8. SV: BOGOTA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, ANTANAS MOKUS ARRIVING 1.55 9. SV/CU/SV: MOKUS VOTING (3 SHOTS) 2.17 10. SCU: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MOKUS SAYING: "Let's appreciate the universality of the vote. Today the citizen rules. Today they decide." 2.25 11. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE VOTING (4 SHOTS) 2.52 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- Country: Colombia
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- Story Text: Despite threats of violence, millions of Colombians
have gone to the polls to vote in municipal elections.
Millions of Colombians went to the polls on Sunday
(October 29) to cast their vote in municipal elections.
Security was tight throughout the country after a wave of
pre-election violence that the government blamed on rebel
groups and paramilitary troops.
No violence had been reported on election day.
"Voting is an important message for the peace process. It
is telling the insurgency that we Colombians want to
strengthen our democratic process...Today the country will
celebrate elections because we are sure that they will be
peaceful and tranquil. The winner of this electoral process
will be Colombia and democracy," said Colombian President
Andres Pastrana after voting.
Colombia is locked in a fierce civil war that pits Marxist
rebels against rightist militias and government forces and has
killed 35,000 people in the past decade alone.
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