These were the first elections since demobilization, and the FARC militant group received less than one-percent of the vote.
"We can say, with a lot of pride, that these elections are the most peaceful, the most transparent ... in the recent history of the country", said Santos after casting his vote.
Also on Sunday, Colombians selected candidates in the presidential primary elections, choosing those who will vie to replace the architect of the peace process, President Juan Manuel Santos. Santos, who signed the peace agreement with the FARC in November 2016, is stepping down as president in August after two terms.
Ivan Duque, presidential candidate of the party Centro Democratico, gives a speech after finding out the results of the legislative election in Bogota, Colombia March 11, 2018.
While all candidates advocate clamping down on corruption and investment in education and health, the two top pollers differ in their views on a peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels.
The party hopes to win many more seats and backed 23 candidates for Senate and 51 for the lower house.
More than 6 million votes were cast in the three-way right-wing primary and 3.5 million in the two-way left-wing contest.
The new FARC suffered a setback on Thursday when Rodrigo Londono, its candidate for the May 27 presidential race and known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, withdrew due to ill health.
"Our results were very positive", Petro told his followers.
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Catatumbo, along with nine of his former comrades, is guaranteed a non-voting seat in Colombia's congress as part of the controversial peace deal that initially failed to pass a referendum. "The presidential campaign starts today".
Petro said that despite the fact that right wing parties performed better in the legislative elections, his newly formed party has a good opportunity to win the presidential ones.
The former FARC commander was unlikely to have garnered many votes from Colombians, many of whom believe its leaders should be in prison, not running for office.
In a bid to rebrand as a political party after shedding their combat gear, FARC changed their name to the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, which stays true to their Spanish-language acronym. First results on Sunday indicated they had taken less than 0.5 percent of the overall vote.
The success of the conservative parties, which were opposed to the 2016 peace deal with the rebel group, raises questions about the future of the agreement.
Scrutineers sort votes in Bogota, Colombia.
Former-President Uribe heads the hardline Democratic Center party and some projections place the conservative camp with an absolute majority in parliament.
In 1964, FARC rebels launched an insurgency against the Colombian state in response to the government's brutal suppression of a peasant uprising.
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