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On Sunday, around 3.5 million Costa Ricans were called to participate in the 2022 general elections. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) indicated that the results of the presidential elections in Costa Rica will be announced as of 8:45 p.m. (local time). José Figueres leads the vote in Costa Rica with 30.29% of the votes so far.


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20:45 TSE Preliminary Announcement Results. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) reported in a formal session the preliminary results of the presidential elections in Costa Rica, are as follows:

First cut:
Counted tables: 923 (13.48%)
Participation 55.04%.
Abstentionism: 44.96%.

National Liberation Party (PLN): 46,316 votes – 30.29%.

New Republic (PNR): 27,417 votes – 17.93%.

Social Democratic Progress (PSD): 23,785 votes – 15.56%.

PUSC Christian Social Unit: 22,894 votes – 14.97%.

Broad Front (FA): 10,113 votes – 6.61%

With 13.48% of the polls, José María Figueres Olsen of the National Liberation Party (PLN) is in the lead with a commanding advantage of 30.29 percent, followed by Fabricio Alvarado of the New Republic Party with 17.93 percent. .

20:00 hours TSE to announce results. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) indicated that the results of the Costa Rican presidential and parliamentary elections will be announced as of 8:45 p.m. (local time).

6:00 p.m. Closing of polling stations begins. Polling stations have begun to close in Costa Rica, however, authorities confirm that voting centers will remain open until there are no voters in line.

4:00 p.m. Electoral Authorities Highlight Fluidity. The electoral authorities of Costa Rica highlighted the fluidity and tranquility that characterized this Sunday, the first half of the electoral day that the country is experiencing, where the presidential and legislative authorities are voted for the period 2022-2026.

“All the activities of the political parties continue their normal course, except for some small incidents of different types, the day goes by normally, and we still continue in most of the voting centers with a very important influx of voters,” he reported in a report. Press release. lecture by Judge Eugenia Zamora, president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

15:00 The surveys indicate a disperse pattern in the intention to vote. As voting continues in Costa Rica, political analysts and polls indicate a scattered pattern in voting intentions. A survey conducted by the University of Costa Rica places veteran politician José María Figueres as the favorite with 17 percent of the vote, followed by former vice president Lineth Saborío with 12.9 percent and 2018 runner-up Fabricio Alvarado with 10. .3 percent.

The Costa Rican political analyst, María José Cascante, expressed that the intention of dispersed voting arose in 1998, since electoral participation decreased due to the emergence of the Traditional Parties during the bipartisanship in Costa Rica, such as the National Liberation Party and the Social Party. Christian. Rampant corruption during the 1990s produced new parties, thus confusing the electorate to this day.

María José described these elections as a calm but “very superficial” campaign that does not focus on the realities of Costa Rica, since core issues such as growing inequalities, the handling of the pandemic and the decline of the middle class are not discussed. Instead, the focus is on downsizing the state, emphasizing the inefficiencies of public institutions and are more concerned with religious and cultural polarization.

12:05 Former President Oscar Arias will not vote. The former president of Costa Rica Oscar Arias Sánchez, who held power (1986-1990, 2006-2010), announced that he will not vote for medical advice.

“In all my life I have never stopped voting to elect our rulers. However, at the age of 81, I decided not to vote with deep regret… my doctor advised me not to as I have acute inflammatory bronchitis with phlegm and cough.”

Currently, the brother of former president Rodrigo Arias is a candidate for deputy for the National Liberation Party (PLN).

10:40 am International observers monitor elections. Costa Rican authorities reported that a group of international observers watched the opening of the voting tables at the Liceo Luis Dobles Segreda.

“The mission had the opportunity to observe the opening of the tables, which took place in the order established by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. It is an authentic civic party in which all social groups, authorities and observers participate,” said the director of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM), Pedro Fonseca, from the Pavas Lyceum voting center in the city of San José.

8:30 am The candidate Villalta is confident of his victory. The presidential candidate of the Broad Front (FA), José María Villalta, invited citizens to go out and vote and not stay at home. From the FA campaign center in San José, he expressed his confidence that the Costa Rican left will emerge victorious.

“I think we are going to win. I think we will give a big surprise… I trust the work of the electoral court. We are going to wait for the results of the elections with full respect for the democratic process,” he said.

7:20 am The Figueres candidate casts his vote. The candidate of the National Liberation Party (PLN), José María Figueres, voted at a school near his family’s farm in La Lucha. Leaving the electoral precinct, he told the citizens: “We will decide this in the first round.”

Although his party is the political organization with the longest tradition in Costa Rica, Figueres has failed to capture more than 20 percent of electoral support, according to the latest polls. To be elected in the first round, he would need more than 40 percent of the valid votes.

6:46 am Citizens began to go to the polling stations to vote. The authorities control that Costa Ricans comply with health regulations such as the mandatory use of a mask, hand washing or application of alcohol to the hands, and social distancing. One of the first to vote was President Carlos Alvarado who stated that Costa Rica has “the strongest democracy in the world.”

Context information

The electoral process in the Costa Rican territory began at 06:00 local time and will end at 18:00 with the opening of the Vote Receiving Boards (JRV). The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) indicated that 6,847 JRVs are distributed in 2,152 polling stations, where 18,000 officials will work for the normal development of the elections.

The first official results are expected to be issued at 20:45 (local time). Since the early hours of this Saturday, more than 50,000 Costa Ricans residing abroad began to vote in 80 pooling stations, arranged in 42 countries, including Jakarta, Indonesia and Australia.

The president of the TSE, Eugenia Zamora, mentioned that the presence of 21 presidential candidates is unprecedented in the country’s history. If neither of them gets 40 percent of the vote, the two presidential candidates with the most votes will participate in a runoff election on April 3. The winner will assume the presidency of Costa Rica on May 8.

Unlike most Central American countries, Costa Rica has enjoyed democratic stability, absence of armed conflicts and dictatorships since 1919. Satisfaction with its political system has been a characteristic of several generations.

Currently, however, polls show that 31.8 percent of Costa Ricans have not yet decided who to vote for and most citizens distrust their political class and fear losing the political system built over the last century.

“The uncertainty about the relationship between the State model and the society model divides a lot. We are facing a choice between a model with less state participation and a model where the state plays an important role. We face the election with very large fractures in our vision of society… This generates anxiety, fear and uncertainty,” Carlos Cascante, a professor at the National University of Costa Rica, told Radio France International.

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