Over 80,000 candidates have officially registered for the local elections held in Colombia in October, the Registrar’s Office announced Wednesday after closing the inscriptions.
According to the Registrar’s Office, 87,921 candidates had submitted their name for candidacy 57,134 candidates were male and 30,607 women registered, meaning the requirement for parties to submit 30% female candidates was met at least at the national level.
Most of the candidates consisted of municipal councilors with 70,000. There were 4,300 mayoral candidates, 3,000 candidates aspiring to be a departmental assembly member, and 143 looking for the governorship. Although preliminary reports suggest the number of candidates is around 84,000, National Registrar Carlos Ariel Sanchez believed the number could reach as high as 95,000 after some missing data is submitted.
More candidates registered in Cali than any other city. The capital city of Bogota had the second most. Former Mayor Antanas Mockus was one of the last candidates to submit his candidacy, registering within the final hour before the deadline.