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Municipal Elections in Costa Rica

Marcela Ríos Tobar, Directora Regional para América Latina y el Caribe y Eugenia María Zamora, Magistrada Presidenta del Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones.
Costa Rica held the Municipal Elections on February 4, with the participation of the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of IDEA, Marcela Ríos Tobar.

An election that marked important electoral transformations with the introduction of “horizontal parity” for all 6212 posts being elected. With a pilot of electronic single battle machines in 499 voting tables. With increased fragmentation of political parties; with a total of 75 national, regional and local parties competing. 

During the Elections, we observed voting in senior citizen´s homes, women´s prisons, schools, and an innovative exercise of youth and children´s elections. It should be noted that unfortunately, voter turnout continues to dwindle, posing important challenges for Costa Rican democracy in the future. 

At IDEA International we are honoured to participate as international observers and accompany the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, and the people and communities of this Central American country with a long democratic tradition, in these successful elections. International IDEA will continue to support and accompany Costa Rica in efforts to strengthen democracy.  

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About the authors

Katherine Batista Sánchez
Asistente de Proyecto, IDEA Internacional Oficina de Panamá
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