Presidential and Legislative Elections in Costa Rica
International Election Observation Mission
The Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia set up a short-term electoral observation mission in Costa Rica to cover the presidential and parliamentary elections on the 2nd of February 2014.
Answering the call of the Supreme Electoral Court of Costa Rica for international observers, the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia was authorised to participate in the observation of February’s polls, together with other organizations such as the Organization of American States, the Ombudsman of Buenos Aires, the Electoral Institute of Guanajuato (Mexico) and the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica. The delegation was made up of eight observers who arrived days before polling day so as to observe the end of the political campaigns and the preparations for the count. They observed the voting itself on polling day, and the vote-count, calculations and announcement of the preliminary results.
Members of the mission visited 50 Polling Stations (Juntas Receptoras de Votos) in the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Puntarenas and Cartago. The met different participants in the electoral process: the Supreme Electoral Court, political parties and candidates, civil society, and members of the forces of law and order. After the voting process, the mission presented a preliminary statement to the Costa Rica authorities.
The mission responds to Costa Rica’s government’s request for international observers to strengthen the transparency and public confidence in its electoral system and it reinforces Catalonia’s historical links to Costa Rica – which has a large Catalan community – together with its commitment to the promotion of democracy.
Last updated: 3 September 2014