The Colombian plebiscite on whether to move forward with the peace accord reached between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia has been rejected by voters.
The "No" won by a narrow margin, with 50.21 percent to 49.78 percent for the "Yes" vote. The difference was a half of a percentage point against the peace accord.
The "No" had 6,431,376 votes to 6,377,482 votes for the "Yes."
Voter turnout was very low, under 40 percent, with only 13 million of the 35 million eligible voters making it to the polls.
The surprising results—which went against all exit polls that had the "Yes" vote winning easily—are showing that the areas most affected by the conflict have overwhelmingly voted "Yes" for peace. For example in the heavily affected area of Choco, with 95 percent of the vote counted, 79 percent voted "Yes." The Caribbean provinces have also voted "Yes."
In the capital of Bogota, the "Yes" vote won by 56 percent to 44 percent for the "No" vote.