Feb. 7, 2014, 11:42 a.m.
Voters in Costa Rica went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new President and 57 members of the Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa). The 2014 general elections marked the first time in Costa Rica’s history that Costa Ricans living abroad were able to vote, meaning that the 10,264 Costa Ricans abroad were able to vote at their nearest consulate. Thirteen candidates participated in the presidential election, with current President Laura CHINCHILLA unable to seek re-election. With 89.38 percent of the votes counted, no candidate has attained the qualified majority of 40 percent required to avoid a run-off election. Presently, Luis Guillermo SOLÍS of the Citizens’ Action Party / Acción Ciudadana leads the vote count with 569,694 votes (30.95 percent). He is closely trailed by Johnny Francisco ARAYA, who is running for CHINCHILLA’s National Liberation Party / Partido Liberación Nacional. ARAYA has received 544,649 votes (29.59 percent). If no candidate attains the qualified majority of 40 percent, a runoff election will be held on April 6, 2014.