Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) confirms elections and denies rumors of suspension because of the H1N1 flu
On Sunday, February 7, Costa Ricans who are older than 18 years and registered in the electoral records, will choose the mayors that will rule local government. Council members, superintendents and district council members will also be selected.
According to the “Municipal Elections Call Decree” issued by the TSE on October 7, 2015, voters will choose 6,069 posts in an election that many predict will be of minor interest to the citizenship because of a lack of an ongoing political debate.
The elected authorities will take office from May 1, 2016 and remain through April 30, 2020. Even though a lackluster election is expected, the Court has stressed the importance of the vote and has highlighted how historical this decision will be via the message: “Your Municipality Matters.”
According to the superior electoral authority, this is a complex election because this is the first time that all Municipal posts will be chosen independently from presidential elections. Candidates and political parties have not been very enthusiastic in convincing the approximately 3.2 million Costa Rican electorate to support them and give them their an administrative body managed by a public official.
All the mentioned Municipal posts are also filled through regular popular elections and are subject to limited-time mandates. How are they chosen? Municipal mayors, superintendent authorities and official administrators and their respective substitutes, are elected by the relative majority in their canton and district, respectively, according to the Electoral Code.
In the event of a tied vote, the older candidate and his or her substitute will be the chosen ones. In the case of the council members and their respective substitutes, they are chosen in every canton according to its number of inhabitants, for a total of 1,010 posts.
Every voter will be given three electoral ballots corresponding to mayors, council members, official trustees and district council members. Naturalized Costa Ricans citizens are allowed to vote within 12 months of receiving their letters of naturalization provided that they have requested their identity card before the close of the electoral register (October 6, 2015).
Elections not suspended due to H1N1 flu The Supreme Electoral Court confirms elections are not to be suspended because of the H1N1 flu cases registered in many specific regions in the country. Health authorities have recommended that inhabitants take the adequate preventive measures for these cases but “this situation by itself does not suggest that the elections scheduled for next February 7 should be suspended or interrupted,” the Court explained.
“The TSE is integrated with the Electoral Security Commission and also the Costa Rican Social Security Administration (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social CCSS).
The Health Ministry are also involved. The Court expects to guarantee the vote of all the citizens in a harmonious atmosphere without putting at risk the security of any Costa Rican inhabitant,” the TSE explained in a statement. votes.
We, once again, continue to provide information about the local process to go through in order to be clear on the concepts and for you to learn some important details so you will be adequately informed at the moment you put your vote in the ballot box.
For whom shall you vote?
In conjunction with the national government, there are 81 local or Municipal positions in charge of interests and local services management in every canton.
They are made up of the city councils (formed by a Municipal council in each canton) and an executive public official, who is legally designated mayor, with two vice-mayors for substitutions.
There are also district councils, and there are as many of these as the number of districts that exist in the canton. They belong to the respective local government, and are formed with five members.
One is the trustee, who chairs the council and also takes part by representing his or her own district in the Municipal council of the canton, without the right to vote in their midst.
There are also eight district Municipal councils, which are bodies with their own operational autonomy, attached to their respective canton Municipality.
These are created because of the considerable distance between them and the central canton, and they work as a substitute for the district councils and have