1946 Colombian presidential election

Presidential elections were held in Colombia on 5 May 1946, pitching the Colombian Conservative Party against two different Colombian Liberal Party candidates.[1] The Liberals received more votes combined, but due to their division the result was a victory for Mariano Ospina Pérez of the Conservative Party, who received 41.4% of the vote.[2] One of the Liberal candidates, Gabriel Turbay, was also supported by the Social Democratic Party.[2]

1946 Colombian presidential election

← 1942 5 May 1946 1949 →
Nominee Mariano Ospina Pérez Gabriel Turbay Jorge Eliécer Gaitán
Party Conservative Liberal Liberal dissident
Popular vote 565,939 441,199 358,957
Percentage 41.43% 32.30% 26.28%

President before election

Alfonso López Pumarejo

Elected President

Mariano Ospina Pérez

Two years after the election, the second Liberal Party candidate, Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala, was assassinated. This in turn sparked a ten-year civil war known as La Violencia.[2]

Results edit

Mariano Ospina PérezColombian Conservative Party565,93941.43
Gabriel TurbayColombian Liberal Party441,19932.30
Jorge Eliécer Gaitán AyalaColombian Liberal Party dissident358,95726.28
Valid votes1,366,09599.99
Invalid/blank votes1770.01
Total votes1,366,272100.00
Registered voters/turnout2,450,59655.75
Source: Nohlen

References edit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume II, p305 ISBN 978-0-19-928358-3
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen, p351