At stake in this election:
- The office of President of Costa Rica
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ
- Head of Government: President Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ
- Assembly: Costa Rica has a unicameral Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) with 57 seats.
Description of electoral system:
- The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term.
- In the Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) 57 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 4-year terms.
Main Candidates in the First Round of the Presidential race:
- Abel PACHECO*
Party: Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC)
- Rolando ARAYA*
Party: National Liberation Party (PLN)
- Otton SOLIS
Party: Citizens Action Party (PAC)
- Otto GUEVARA
Party: Libertarian Movement (PML)
- Other Parties
*Advanced to the second round of the presidential race.
Last Presidential election:
- Presidential Elections were last held on February 1, 1998. Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ won 46.96% of the vote defeating Jose Miguel CORRALES who received 44.56% of the votes.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 3,773,057 ( 2002 est)
- Registered Voters: 2,279,851 ( 2002 )