Colombia constitutional court votes to end popular election of Andean Parliament members

Posted on Apr 24 2014 - 10:38am by Today News
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Colombia’s Constitutional Court has passed a bill which ends the election of members of the Andean Parliament by popular vote, local media reported Wednesday.

According to the weekly magazine Semana, the Colombian Constitutional Court voted overwhelmingly to end the elections of members of the Andean Parliament by popular vote, deciding to have Colombia’s Congress elect the members instead.

The bill, which was introduced in 2013,  sought to end the popular election due to its excessive costs.

The primary consequence of this bill is that the vote, which was held on March 9 this year, will not be repeated.

The Andean Parliament is an entity which is working toward the economic and political integration of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

The blank vote won the election for the Andean Parliament in March 2014, meaning that the election will be repeated. This is the first time the blank vote has won in Colombian history.  The number of blank votes reached 1,445,999 followed by 1,277,559 votes in favor of the U Party and 822,709 for the Conservative Party.

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