BOGOTA – Colombian presidential candidates Juan Manuel Santos and Antanas Mockus have increased their lead in the run-up to the May 30 balloting, a new poll released Thursday revealed.
Mockus, a former Bogota mayor and candidate of the centrist Green Party, stood in second place with 29 percent of the vote, while Santos, an erstwhile defense minister and standard-bearer of the conservative Party of the U, remained in first with 36 percent, according to the survey commissioned by the CM& news program.
Conservative Party hopeful Noemi Sanin, a former ambassador to Spain and Britain, finds herself 10 points behind Mockus with 19 percent of voter preference.
Support for four other candidates registered only in the single digits, while 2 percent of respondents said they would cast a blank ballot and 3 percent either said they did not have a preference or did not respond.
The poll, which has a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percent, was conducted between April 12-14 in 38 cities.
A survey commissioned by the daily El Tiempo and W radio and released last week showed Santos with 29.5 percent of the vote, Mockus with 24.8 percent and Sanin with 16 percent.
Colombians will go to the polls on May 30 to choose the successor to President Alvaro Uribe. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held on June 20.
The newly elected president will be sworn in on Aug. 7 for a four-year term. EFE