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Costa Ricans vote in general elections

English.news.cn   2014-02-02 20:32:51

SAN JOSE, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Costa Ricans are going to the polls on Sunday in presidential and legislative elections.

Some 6,600 polling stations across the country opened at 6:00 a.m. local time (1200 GMT), and will close at 6:00 p.m. (2400 GMT). But full count for the elections will not be completed until Feb. 14, according to the electoral authority.

Over 3 million voters out of Costa Rica's 4.7-million population will choose a new president who will serve a four-year term, two vice presidents, and 57 deputies to the Legislative Assembly.

Thirteen candidates are running for the presidential race. The two front-runners - ruling National Liberation Party's (PLN) Johnny Araya and center-left Broad Front's (FA) Jose Maria Villalta - are likely to make a runoff slated for April 6, according to the latest poll by the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

Under the country's constitution, a candidate must gain at least 40 percent of the popular votes to win outright. Otherwise the two leading candidates will have to compete in a runoff.

Some 3,500 public security forces will be deployed across the country to secure the voting process.

Related:

Profile: Costa Rica's leading presidential candidates

Backgrounder: Key facts about Costa Rica's general elections

Backgrounder: Key facts about El Salvador's presidential race

Editor: Liu Dan
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