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Senado de la República (Senate)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Congreso / Congress
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Senado de la República / Senate
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Cámara de Representantes / House of Representatives
Electoral Law 1 January 1900
Last amendment: 1990
Mode of designation directly elected 102
other 6
Constituencies - 1 multi-member (100 seats) national constituency
- 1 multi-member (2 seats) special national constituency for indigenious (Indian) communities
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 which 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: 30 years
- Colombian citizenship at birth
- ineligibility: imprisonment (except for political or similar crimes)
Incompatibilities - public officials and their relatives
- certain public employees (in preceding 12 months of elections)
- government contractors
Candidacy requirements (data unavailable)

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