April 10, 2014, 2:02 p.m.
With 97.94 percent of the votes counted in Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo SOLÍS has been declared the winner of the presidential election. As of Thursday’s count, SOLÍS has received 1,314,327 votes (77.81 percent) to only 374,844 votes (22.19 percent) for Johnny ARAYA. SOLÍS had received the most votes in the first round of the election on February 2, 2014, but fell short of attaining the qualified majority of 40 percent required to win the election outright, setting up a run-off with ARAYA. A poll from Seminario Universidad released on March 5, 2014, showed ARAYA trailing by 43 percentage points in the run-off, at which point ARAYA ended his campaign, although he was constitutionally prohibited from dropping out of the run-off. SOLÍS’s election marks the first time that a member of the Citizens’ Action Party / Partido Acción Ciudadana will serve as Costa Rico’s president. The party, formed in 2002 has focused on reducing corruption in Costa Rica and encouraging citizen participation in government. SOLÍS is set to take office on May 8, 2014.