“Polls conducted ahead of Sunday’s vote suggested a comfortable win for the “yes” campaign.
But in a surprise result, 50.2% of voters rejected the agreement compared with 49.8% who voted for it.
The difference with 98.98% of the votes counted was less than 54,000 votes out of almost 13 million ballots.
Turnout was low with fewer than 38% of voters casting their votes.Colombians reject a landmark peace deal with Farc rebels in a shock referendum result, with 50.2% voting against it.”
See Colombia referendum: Voters reject Farc peace dealDemocracy is a great system. It allows everyone in society to have a voice to make clear decisions about directions. However, like any system it can fail:
- when participation/turnout is very low and some splinter can decide the matter, or
- when killing a small number of voters could give the opposite result, or
- when some charmer leads the flock astray.
The recent result in Colombia is very unsatisfactory. It allows both sides to see victory is achievable with a little more killing or screaming or whatever…
The world is not a better place when democracy decides that war is better than a few compromises and wider participation of groups in society. Let’s hope that cooler heads prevail and people care enough to do the right thing sooner or later.