Colombian presidential candidate votes, calling on voters to exercise democratic right

08:08, June 21, 2010      

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Colombian presidential candidate Antanas Mockus exercised his right to vote on Sunday morning at the Hemeroteca Nacional (National Newspaper Library) with his wife and three children.

Mockus, kissed his I.D. before voting and asked the abstainers to value their right to choose and search for positive reasons to vote.

"An invitation from the heart, to walk and get wet a little, to exercise our democratic right of voting, sometimes people only appreciate something when they lose it, take advantage of the fact that in Colombia there is still democracy and the opportunity to choose our leaders," he said.

Mockus, professor and former mayor of Bogota also sent a message of solidarity to the Colombian hostages held by rebels, who do not have the opportunity to vote on this presidential election, hoping that very soon with the help of all sectors of society, they can return home.

"We strongly want that social pressure, military pressure and the pressure of international opinion to help these Colombians who are kidnapped and cannot participate in this Election Day," he said.

He emphasized that the legitimacy of the elections has a direct relation to the participation of citizens.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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