The border crossings between Ecuador and Colombia will close at midnight Saturday and won’t reopen until Sunday at 4 p.m. The closings come through a Colombian government order to assure order for Sunday’s presidential election. If the election requires a run-off, the borders will close again on June 17.
Colombia’s borders with Venezuela and Peru will also close.
Those most affected by the closings are Venezuelans waiting to enter Ecuador at the Rumichaca International Bridge at Tulcán and at the Venezuela-Colombia border. On Friday, thousands were crowding the border entry stations in hopes of crossing before the gates go down.
The Colombian government estimated that at least 10,000 will not make it across the border by midnight and will have to wait until Sunday afternoon when processing begins again.
Five candidates are vying for Colombia’s presidency with center-right candidate Iván Duque and leftist Gustavo Petro expected to face each other in the June runoff.