Colombia is preparing for an electoral appointment on Sunday, March 13. Colombians will vote for the renewal of the two chambers of Congress, that is, they will elect 108 senators who are from the national constituency and 172 representatives to the Chamber who are from the regional constituency. A total of 39 million Colombians are called to the polls for these parliamentary elections. In this edition of El Debate we analyze the details surrounding these elections.
These elections are taking place at a time of low popularity in Congress and a high level of disinterest in national politics, in addition to many issues that bother Colombians, such as the rise in the cost of living and the economic ravages of the pandemic, the resurgence of armed groups and the assassinations of social leaders.
In this electoral event, Colombians will also participate in an inter-party consultation of three coalitions to choose the candidates who will contest the presidential elections on May 29. This consultation has overshadowed the Parliamentary Elections and, for many, has made the electoral process more complex. Many Colombians have said they are confused.
Is the ruling party, the Democratic Center, at risk of losing its majority in the Senate? How are the partisan charges to form the new Legislative? Who could come out of the inter-party consultations? We analyze it together with our guests:
– Paola Montilla Niño, analyst and professor at the Externado de Colombia University.
– Patricia Muñoz, lawyer, professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
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