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Constitutional Court annuls the election of former comptroller Carlos H. Rodríguez and orders Congress to repeat the election

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Constitutional Court annuls the election of former comptroller Carlos H. Rodríguez and orders Congress to repeat the election

The Constitutional Court has issued a ruling that annuls the election of former Comptroller Carlos H. Rodríguez and orders Congress to repeat the election process. This ruling arises as a result of a protection filed by the former comptroller against a ruling by the Council of State that had overturned his election due to irregularities in the process.

The Plenary Chamber of the Constitutional Court addressed this Wednesday, April 24, the protection that requested to review the ruling of the Council of State. Although the high court maintains the annulment of the election, it has ordered that Congress carry out the election process again. In this sense, Rodríguez will have a second chance, since the Court orders that the list of 10 eligible be prepared based on the 20 best scores obtained in the evaluation carried out by the Industrial University of Santander in March 2022, where Rodríguez was among the 20 best scores.

The Council of State had previously indicated that the board of directors of Congress had incurred irregularities when electing Rodríguez as comptroller, by preparing a third list of eligible people and changing without justification the qualification parameters initially established in the call.

After notification of the ruling, Carlos Mario Zuluaga, who served as vice comptroller, was appointed as Comptroller in charge while a new election process is carried out or the Court returns Rodríguez to his duties.

With this decision, Rodríguez could once again occupy the position of comptroller general or another candidate from the list of 10 eligible be chosen. Consequently, Zuluaga’s period as acting comptroller would end.

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The vote in the Constitutional Court had the participation of seven judges, since two of them, Judge Diana Fajardo and Judge Vladimir Fernández, abstained from participating for reasons of impediment. Fajardo abstained because a relative is a partner of one of Carlos Hernán Rodríguez’s attorneys, while Fernández is prevented from deciding on the decisions of the fifth section of the Council of State, because his appointment is being demanded and studied by said section of the corporation.

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