Catalan Public Diplomacy Council publishes preliminary report on the general elections in Costa Rica
The Diplomacy Council has participated as an international observer in the electoral process
In their preliminary report, the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia congratulates the citizens of Costa Rica and the Supreme Electoral Court on this peaceful and well-organized electoral process. At the same time, the Diplomacy Council notes the need to strengthen compliance with the rules stipulated in the electoral legal framework.
The polling station officers (Juntas Receptoras de Votos) carried out their tasks in a professional and organized manner. Our electoral observation mission congratulates the Supreme Electoral Court’s measures to ensure voter equality and the right to vote, especially their initiative of placing polling stations in homes for the elderly and prison installations.
Legislative measures introduced to guarantee gender parity in parliamentary lists will produce a Legislative Assembly with a relatively equal distribution of men and women. The mission also welcomes the large presence of women in the electoral process.
The election campaign was held amidst a festive atmosphere. However, the Public Diplomacy Council believes that the criteria for applying electoral rules must become more standardized, especially for those aspects concerning political parties campaigning for people to vote, both in public areas and in polling stations.
Finally, the Diplomacy Council considers that allowing Costa Rican citizens living abroad the chance to vote has been a positive move, and also respects the decision of the Supreme Electoral Court to delay the introduction of electronic-voting in consulates until a safe and reliable system can be guaranteed.
The mission was made up of eight observers who met different actors involved in the electoral process such as the Supreme Electoral Court, political parties and their candidates, civil society and members of the forces of law and order. The observers visited fifty different polling stations in the San José, Cartago, Alajuela, Heredia and Puntarenas provinces, including ones in prison installations and homes for the elderly.
Last updated: 10 November 2016