Chamber of Representatives of Colombia

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Chamber of Representatives
Cámara de Representantes
Coat of arms or logo
President of the Chamber
Hernán PenagosPSUN
since 14 March 2010
Seats 164
Political groups

     Government (119)

  •      PSUN (39)
  •      L (37)
  •      C (27)
  •      CR (16)

Opposition Parties (34)

Direct election
Last election
9 March 2014
Meeting place
Capitolio Nacional, Bogotá
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The House of Representatives (Spanish: Cámara de Representantes) is the lower house of the Congress of Colombia.

The Chamber has 164 elected members for four-year terms.

How the Chamber is elected[edit]

According to the Colombian Constitution, every department is an electoral administrative division. There are also four special circumscriptions: One for Indian communities, one for Afro-Colombian communities (negritudes), one for other minorities and one for Colombian citizens abroad, which have become lately a much-courted political group.

There will be two representatives for each territorial circumscription, and every territorial circumscription will elect an additional member for every 250,000 residents or fraction greater than 125,000 residents in excess of the first 250,000 residents. The Afro-Colombian circunscription elects two representatives, and the Indian, other minority and expatriate circumscriptions elect one each.


To be a representative, a person must be a Colombian citizen (regardless of place of birth) who has attained the age of 25 years at the moment of election.

Exclusive powers of the Chamber[edit]

  1. Elect the head of the Ombudsman's Office of Colombia.
  2. Examine the budget and treasury audit by the Auditor General.
  3. Indict for the impeachment of the following officeholders: President, Constitutional Court justices, Supreme Court justices, Judicature Superior Council magistrates, State Council magistrates and the Attorney General.
  4. Listen to the complaints stated by the Attorney General or private citizens against the aforementioned officers, and recommend impeachment if warranted.
  5. Request the aid of other authorities to pursue the investigations.

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 14 March 2010 Chamber of Representatives of Colombia election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Party of the U (Partido de la U) 2,486,824 25.9 47
Colombian Conservative Party (Partido Conservador Colombiano) 2,057,849 21.4 38
Colombian Liberal Party (Partido Liberal Colombiano) 1,856,068 19.3 37
Radical Change (Cambio Radical) 743,758 7.7 15
National Integration Party (Partido de Integración Nacional) 714,476 7.4 12
Alternative Democratic Pole (Polo Democrático Alternativo) 563,555 5.9 4
Independent Absolute Renovation Movement (Movimiento Independiente de Renovación Absoluta) 284,244 3.0 3
Green Party (Partido Verde) 283,293 3.0 3
Indigenous Social Alliance (Alianza Social Indigena) 182,515 1.9 1
Liberal Alternative (Alternativa Liberal) 171,090 1.8 1
Liberal Opening (Apertura Liberal) 117,871 1.2 2
Regional Integration (Integración Regional) 5,045 0.1 1
Others 143,883 1.5
Total valid votes (turnout 43.8%) 9,610,471 100.0 164
Sources: Adam Carr's Election Archive

Previous election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 12 March 2006 Chamber of Representatives of Colombia election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Colombian Liberal Party (Partido Liberal Colombiano) 1,646,404 19.0 30
Social National Unity Party/Party of the U (Partido Social de Unidad Nacional, also known as Partido de la U) 1,453,353 16.7 29
Colombian Conservative Party (Partido Conservador Colombiano) 1,363,656 15.8 30
Radical Change (Cambio Radical) 932,207 10.7 20
Alternative Democratic Pole (Polo Democrático Alternativo) 708,664 8.2 9
Citizens' Convergence (Convergencia Ciudadana) 397,903 4.6 8
Wings - Team Colombia Movement (Movimiento Alas Equipo Colombia) 370,789 4.3 7
Independent Movement of Absolute Renovation (Mira party) 233,920 2.7 1
Democratic Colombia Party (Partido Colombia Demócrata) 215,753 2.5 2
Liberal Opening (Apertura Liberal) 199,810 2.3 5
National Movement (Movimiento Nacional) 175,012 2.0 2
United People's Movement (Movimiento Popular Unido) 129,977 1.5 2
For the Country of our Dreams (Por el País que soñamos) 99,565 1.1 1
Regional Integration Movement (Movimiento Integración Regional) 91,547 1.1 4
Huila New and Liberalism (Huila Nuevo y Liberalismo) 80,688 0.9 2
Social Action Party (Partido de Acción Social) 52,340 0.6 1
Renovation Movement Labour Action (Movimiento Renovación Acción Laboral) 33,308 0.4 0
National Salvation Movement (Movimiento de Salvación Nacional) 28,975 0.3 0
People's Participation Movement (Movimiento de Participación Popular) 18,449 0.2 0
Progressive National Movement (Movimiento Nacional Progresista) 8,146 0.1 0
Total votes for parties (turnout 40.54%) 8,678,535 100.0 163
Sources: Adam Carr and Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil

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Coordinates: 4°35′54″N 74°04′36″W / 4.59833°N 74.07667°W / 4.59833; -74.07667