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Cámara de Representantes (House of Representatives)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Congreso / Congress
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Cámara de Representantes / House of Representatives
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senado de la República / Senate
Electoral Law 1 January 1900
Last amendment: 1990
Mode of designation directly elected 166
other 6
Constituencies 33 multi-member constituencies corresponding to the country's departments and the nation's capital; each department has at least 2 Representatives.
There is an additional Representative for every 250,000 inhabitants or for each fraction of more than 125,000 inhabitants that the department has above the first 250,000.
Voting system Proportional: Party-list proportional representation system, with remaining seats allocated on the basis of greatest remainders.
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled by the "next-in-line" candidates of the same party that held the seat in question.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Colombian citizenship
- full possession of civil and political rights
- disqualifications: members of the armed forces on active duty, police officers
Eligibility - qualified electors
- age: 25 years
- Colombian citizenship
- citizens of "good standing"
- ineligibility: imprisonment (except for political or similar crimes)
Incompatibilities - public officials and their relatives
- certain public employees (in preceding 12 months)
- government contractors
Candidacy requirements (data unavailable)

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